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June 14, 2019

Eighteen New TABC Agents Take Oath During Graduation Ceremony

AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission welcomed 18 new agents to its ranks during a graduation ceremony today at Camp Mabry.

The ceremony marked the agents' completion of the TABC Agent Trainee Academy, a specialized 11-week course designed to instruct on the fundamentals of enforcing the Alcoholic Beverage Code as well as numerous other public safety laws. TABC agents are commissioned peace officers empowered with full police authority and are authorized to uphold all of Texas' public safety statutes. In their day-to-day duties, the new agents will assist TABC investigations into suspected violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code as well as open and covert operations at TABC-licensed businesses.

The graduation ceremony was attended by multiple state officials, including state Senator Kirk Watson, who delivered the keynote address.

"I'm honored to congratulate and thank our newest TABC agents, who have chosen to put themselves in harm's way to protect the safety and economy of Texas," said Senator Watson. "I'm confident they will make the whole state proud."

TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles also welcomed the new agents into the TABC family.

"There's no higher calling than choosing to serve your fellow Texans as a law enforcement officer," Nettles said. "I couldn't be more proud of these new agents as they join our elite state police force."

The 18 new agents will be stationed throughout Texas, including several who will join TABC teams investigating suspected human trafficking near the Texas-Mexico border. TABC currently employs more than 240 agents, with the next Agent Trainee Academy expected to begin in April 2020.

Media Contact:Chris Porter Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462