ALE Special Agent I (Statewide)

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About the Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Division:
ALE is a division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents have statewide jurisdiction to investigate any criminal offense and make arrests within the State of North Carolina. ALE is the lead enforcement agency for the state’s alcoholic beverage control, lottery and tobacco laws. As such, ALE special agents target problem ABC-licensed and illegal establishments that serve as havens for violence, drugs, gang activity, organized crime, money laundering and other criminal activity.

The mission of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division is to reduce crime and enhance public safety throughout the State of North Carolina. This mission is accomplished through the proactive, fair and consistent enforcement of the state laws related to alcoholic beverage control, gambling, tobacco, controlled substances, and nuisance abatement, as well as other criminal and regulatory matters in the interest of health and public safety.
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ALE has high employment standards for its agents, who:
*Are a responsible and law-abiding citizen of the United States with high moral character and personal integrity.
*Successfully complete pre-screening modified Police Officer Physical Agility Test (POPAT).
*Successfully complete a pre-employment polygraph, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and urinalysis drug test.
*Successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation including contacts with references, employers, co-workers, close personal associates, etc., and review of driving record, credit history, criminal history, and service in the military.
*Accept employment under two (2) year probationary status, which includes successful completion of the ALE Special Agent Academy, approximately two months in duration.
*Accept temporary assignments anywhere or anytime.
*Accept assignments requiring irregular hours, day or night, any day of a week or holidays.
*Accept assignments requiring undercover investigation.
*Accept assignments requiring overnight travel possibly over extended periods of time.
*Are willing to carry and use a firearm.
*Are willing to use deadly force, if warranted, to protect his or her life or the life of someone else.
*In addition to meeting these standards new recruits will be expected to demonstrate the following abilities both during training and throughout their probationary period:
*Ability to understand modern principles and methods of investigation and law enforcement.
*Ability to understand technologies and problem resolution techniques.
*Ability to perform investigations, including undercover operations.
*Ability to understand tasks, accepts responsibility, takes initiative to plan and organize daily activities and performs work under direct supervision.
*Ability to use firearms and tools/equipment involved in evidence collection and enforcement activities.
*Ability to utilize proven solutions and/or designs when solving problems.
*Ability to clearly communicate and convey technical information and promote understanding of relevant issues.
*Ability to express thoughts, ideas and information effectively by means of oral (including non-verbal) and written communication to a wide range of audiences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position.  We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application.  Click these links for additional information:

Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. (Note: These links were created for applicants of Dept. of Public Safety jobs and may not reflect the policies or procedures of other State agencies.)

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:

*Must be a citizen, or naturalized citizen, of the United States.
*Must have, or be eligible for, a valid North Carolina Driver’s License, in good standing. *Must be at least 21 years of age; or turning 21 within two months of submitting application.
*Basic knowledge of law enforcement concepts, practices, theories, technologies, and problem-solving techniques.
*Basic computer proficiency.
*Experience planning and organizing daily work activities.
*Experience preparing articulate and comprehensible written communications.
*Experience verbally communicating information clearly to others.
Management Preference(s):
Management prefers current North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement (BLET) Certification in good standing. BLET Certification must be awarded no later than December 31, 2024.


Out of state applicants MUST submit proof of an equivalency check with the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission at the time of their applicant package review.  Failure to do so will be considered as a withdrawal from the process.

NC applicants currently enrolled in a BLET program will be required to provide proof of enrollment at the time of their applicant package review.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience no later than December 31, 2024.

Please Note:  An equivalent combination of education and experience includes an associate’s degree and at least two years full time sworn law enforcement experience, or four years full time sworn law enforcement experience.

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