Law Enforcement

The Bureau of Law Enforcement is responsible for the management of the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco’s law enforcement and investigation programs. These responsibilities include conducting license discipline investigations; providing guidance, direction and leadership to licensees; conducting criminal investigations pursuant to beverage and cigarette laws and statutes; and determining the need for using extraordinary emergency suspension powers when a business licensed by ABT has become an immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Florida.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Bureau of Law Enforcement, strictly prohibits the use of bias based profiling in all field contacts, vehicle stops, asset seizure, and forfeiture efforts.  Bias based profiling is the selection of an individual based solely on a trait common to a group for enforcement action. This includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnic, background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, cultural group, or any other identifiable group. Any citizen that believes he or she is a victim of bias based profiling should file a complaint with the Inspector General.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is committed to assisting and supporting law enforcement partners across the state in ending human trafficking in Florida, particularly where indicators of the crime appear within premises subject to the Division’s jurisdiction.  If you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, please act today and contact one of the resources identified by our partners at the Florida Department of Children and Families, available here, to report the crime.


As of July 1, 2021, the Convenience Business Security Act Program has been moved to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Please contact DBPR at with any inquiries.

If you are a Florida law enforcement officer certified by the Office of the Attorney General and conduct inspections as part of this program, you may continue to conduct inspections as part of your local law enforcement agency’s crime prevention program, but not on behalf of DBPR.

DBPR has modified the program and will be using its internal assets to conduct inspections statewide. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DBPR at the aforementioned email address.

Government entities, law enforcement, and state agencies can submit official correspondence through the email link below.  Documents may only be submitted electronically and must be in a PDF format.  Only official government and state correspondence can be submitted. All other complaints and requests must be sent via DBPR Online Services.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco’s Bureau of Law Enforcement is an accredited state law enforcement agency through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.  The agency was initially accredited in 2006 and has been effectively re-accredited subsequently in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Sterling Whisenhunt, Director 

Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.922.5175