The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is concerned about the unfortunate incident of April 11, 2013, in Charlottesville, which resulted in the arrest of a UVA student for eluding police and assaulting police officers. ABC Enforcement has been enforcing the laws related to underage possession of alcoholic beverages for over 75 years. This incident is certainly an anomaly. Out of tens of thousands of contacts between ABC Special Agents and suspected underage alcohol purchasers over many years, this is the only time we have experienced an escalation of events to such a serious degree. Our agency, like any other law enforcement agency, has always been, and remains, committed to monitoring and learning from each challenging experience and we endeavor to always improve our operations.
ABC agents are trained to Virginia state law enforcement certification standards, as are all law enforcement officers in Virginia. In fact, ABC generally hires experienced police officers from local and state agencies. They have received their law enforcement training at the State Police Academy, at city and county police academies, and at the regional criminal justice academies where all other police officers in Virginia are trained. Agents apply exactly the same standards for investigative detentions and use of force as most other police agencies in the United States.