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Jan 18, 2021

TABC Remembers Fallen Officer Delbert H. Pearson

Forty-eight years ago today, Delbert H. Pearson was the first commissioned officer of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to die in the line of duty. On Jan. 18, 1973, Inspector Pearson was killed after identifying himself while confronting a suspect in an illegal whiskey stash investigation. Originally from Paris, Texas, Pearson worked with TABC for nearly 21 years and was 55 at the time of his death. In 2020, TABC created the Pearson Award in his honor. The award is given to the graduate of the TABC Agent Academy who demonstrates the top physical skills performance in the class. Pearson was survived by his wife and two daughters. His daughter, Peggy Kerley (and husband Ralph), now have two adult children, Karmyn and Jeff. 

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Jan 15, 2021

Join the Webinar Series: Charting an End to Human Trafficking in Texas

You’re invited to join a five-part webinar series about the state’s strategic plan to end human trafficking in Texas, starting Jan. 19. The series will be hosted by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council, a group of representatives from state agencies who are evaluating human trafficking programs across Texas and coordinating efforts to combat the crime. The council published its strategic plan to end human trafficking back in May. The webinars, which take their themes from the strategic plan’s five pillars, will take place on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 — Prevent: Assess the Threat of Human Trafficking in Texas Jan. 26 — Protect: Investigate and Conduct Human Trafficking Operations Feb. 2 — Prosecute: Prosecute Human Trafficking Using All the Tools Available Feb. 9 — Provide Support: Provide Follow-up Care to Victims After Recovery Feb. 16 — Partner: Identify and Build Partnerships RSVP to and use this meeting information to join: Zoom link Webinar ID: 916 0684 8016 Password: 876461 To learn more about TABC’s efforts to fight human trafficking in Texas, visit our Stop Human Trafficking page.

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Jan 11, 2021

TABC Calls on Texans To Help Rescue Victims From Human Traffickers and Promote Message That 'Texans Are Not For Sale'

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission joins the state and nations around the world to mark Human Trafficking Prevention Month and is renewing its call for everyday Texans to do their part in fighting organized crime in the Lone Star State. By reporting suspicious activity and promoting human trafficking awareness, everyone can help combat trafficking. As the state’s sole regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC leads investigations of potential trafficking within agency-licensed businesses such as bars, convenience stores and nightclubs. Since 2013, TABC’s Special Investigations Unit has shut down more than 100 locations with suspected ties to organized crime, including human trafficking, money laundering, prostitution and narcotics trafficking. A number of those investigations took place during the most recent fiscal year, in which TABC agents identified or rescued nearly 100 potential trafficking victims while canceling the liquor permits of multiple businesses with ties to human trafficking. Putting an end to human trafficking within TABC-licensed businesses is a top priority for the agency, according to Executive Director Bentley Nettles. “The Texas Legislature recognized the incredibly important role TABC plays in fighting human trafficking and amended the Alcoholic Beverage Code to make this mission one of our top priorities,” Nettles said. “By working with our law enforcement partners at all levels of government, and with the support of the Legislature and everyday Texans, I’m confident we can expand on our success and make a difference in the lives of the victims of this horrible crime.” One of the ways Texans can assist in the fight is by spotting the signs of potential trafficking at a location and reporting it to TABC using the TABC:Mobile app or by calling 888-THE-TABC. “This mission simply can’t succeed without the help of concerned citizens,” Nettles said. “Information or tips provided by the public are often the first step in identifying potential trafficking, bringing the criminals to justice, and freeing the victims.” To learn more about TABC’s role in fighting human trafficking, visit Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information

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Jan 10, 2021

Office Closures and Altered Hours for Jan. 11, 2021

The following TABC offices are temporarily closed Monday, Jan. 11, because of inclement weather: TABC Headquarters Abilene Office Austin Regional Office Belton Office Lubbock Regional Office Waco Office The following offices will have a delayed start: Odessa Office (9 a.m.) Offices are currently scheduled to resume normal hours for scheduled appointments and virtual support Tuesday, Jan. 12.  Book a future appointment through our TABC Appointments page. If you can’t find information on the site that you’re looking for, please use our Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with someone who can help when we return. 

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