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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 390G
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See 390F LCB Enforcement Officer 1 spec.


Within the Liquor and Cannabis Board, independently, or as part of a specialized team, enforces state liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws by conducting investigations, financial audits, on-premises inspections, and citing and arresting violators; and provides education. 

Typical Work

Investigates complaints from citizens and police and coordinates investigations with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies;

Examines violations of liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws; arrests violators, executes warrants and files administrative and criminal charges; appears and testifies in court; seizes and preserves evidence utilizing the chain of custody methods;

Carries out routine inspections of licensed premises and authorized special events for compliance with liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws and regulations. These checks can include but are not limited to retail sales location of alcohol such as grocery stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, large sports and entertainment facilities, casinos and location of special events. Cannabis inspections can also include growing operations and processing operations. Tobacco inspection can further include licensed distribution locations, and tobacco only store;

Runs compliance checks for youth access utilizing underage minor investigative aides in license and unlicensed locations related to liquor, cannabis, and tobacco;

Participates in undercover investigations related to licensed operation and unlicensed activities associated with liquor, tobacco, and cannabis sales and production;

Establishes and maintains effective relationships with members of the public, law enforcement agencies, and local businesses;

Handles financial audits to determine true parties of interest and sources of funds; analyzes corporate structures, partnerships and other information relevant to determine all parties are legally involved with the business;

Partakes in vehicle stops and felony arrests, primarily for tobacco tax and cannabis enforcement;

Prepares and completes comprehensive, administrative and criminal case reports, data analysis for assigned area, time accounting and scheduling, and time and activity tracking;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws; laws of arrest; search and seizure; criminal procedure, rules of evidence; constitutional law; division procedures; firearms and safety.

Ability to: Secure and maintain evidence and testify in administrative hearings and courts of law; interact with diverse groups; remain calm/rational when communicating with irate/intoxicated people; maintain documentation regarding work activities; write concise, accurate and timely reports.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Successful completion of the LCB Enforcement Officer 1 in-training program, to include the Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy and a formal Field Training Officer Program and 12-month post training work period.     


Two years of experience as a full-time peace officer after achieving the successful certification of the Criminal Justice Training Commissioned Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent.

Note: Must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid Washington State Driver's License upon appointment.

Class Specification History

New class: 7-1-92.
Revised definition: 12-97 effective 7-1-98 as part of 6767 legislative process.
Revised minimum qualifications: 7-13-01.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 42161); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Revised salary adjustment; adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015.
Added class series concept, revised title, definition; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.
Revised 02/09/2023 to update Definition, Knowledge and Legal (P)ursuant to a language change as a result of implementation of RCW 34.05.353 to replace every occurrence of the term “marijuana” with “cannabis” in rule throughout Title 314 WAC, Effective 02/10/2023.