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Our enforcement agents are responsible for enforcing Ohio's alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws

Are you interested in a unique opportunity in law enforcement?

Enforcement Agent

If you are looking for an exciting career and a rewarding future in law enforcement with good benefits and limited travel, the Ohio Investigative Unit is looking for men and women to become undercover enforcement agents.

Employment Standards

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a resident of Ohio at time of appointment
  • Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License

The applicant must meet the minimum standards and successfully pass each phase to move forward:

  • Online application
  • Physical fitness assessment
  • Knowledge assessment test
  • Panel interview and writing sample
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Medical Examination/Drug Screen
  • Candidates who are not OPOTA Certified will be required to attend an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Job Duties

Ohio Investigative Unit agents are charged with enforcing Ohio’s liquor laws, portions of the Ohio Revised Code and the regulations of the Liquor Control Commission. Special emphasis is placed on the sale to and consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age. 

Agents become involved in enforcement-related areas such as gambling, prostitution and narcotics while enforcing the Liquor Control Commission’s regulations. 

Agents enforce laws against the sale of tobacco products to those people under 18 years of age. 

The Investigative Unit is the only state law enforcement entity dedicated solely to the prevention and detection of illegal use of food stamp benefits. Enforcement agents work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to detect, investigate and prosecute those people improperly using these benefits.

Enforcement agents work undercover and must be adept at playing any role that will allow them to blend in with the clientele of the premises that is under investigation.

Enforcement agents act as a liaison between the Ohio Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies across the state, cooperating and assisting in law enforcement activities. They serve as instructors at police schools and give speeches and lectures to schools and civic organizations as part of “The Sober Truth” program, Alcohol Server Education and the Speakers’ Bureau.

Work Assignments

The Ohio Investigative Unit has enforcement offices in Akron, Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. The size of the area served by each of these offices varies according to the population and the number of liquor permit premises. 

Applicants must agree to move their residence to the area where they are permanently assigned. 

Agents will occasionally be assigned to areas away from their residence. These assignments will usually be for a short duration. The agent is reimbursed for lodging and meal costs during this time in accordance with the state travel policy and union contract.

Non-Standard work schedule consisting of the following:

  • Late night and early morning work hours
  • Working in excess of regularly scheduled work hours
  • Weekends/holidays
  • Four days consisting of 10 hour shifts
  • Overnight travel
  • Subject to report back and call-outs

Pay and Benefits

  • Current contract pay range $26.43 to $34.71
  • Annual pay increases and longevity pay after 5 years
  • Two to six weeks paid vacation per year
  • Four paid personal leave days
  • Ten paid sick days
  • Eleven paid holidays
  • State paid dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Health insurance coverage, single and family plans
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual clothing allowance
  • Take-home vehicles, tactical uniforms, and equipment provided
  • Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS-LE)
  • Ohio Deferred Compensation
  • Occupational injury and childbirth leave
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Premium shift pay at $1.25/hour (hours worked 5pm-6am)
  • Paid Military leave


To apply or for more information, please email ADOIUCent@dps.ohio.gov.