Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement
The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, was created on July 1, 1987, under Section 211 of the Liquor Code. BLCE is responsible for enforcing Act 21 and any regulations pursuant thereto. Officers assigned to the Bureau investigate when there is reason to believe alcoholic beverages are being sold on premises not licensed, or any other violation of Act 21. Enforcement officers may arrest on view, except in private homes, any person in violation of certain provisions of the Pennsylvania Criminal Statutes. Enforcement officers also investigate and issue citations to licensees for violations of the Liquor Code, other laws of the Commonwealth relating to alcoholic beverages, or any regulations of the Board adopted pursuant to the laws.
Enforcement officers are civilian personnel of the State Police. The Office of Chief Counsel for the State Police represents BLCE in all proceedings before the Office of Administrative Law Judge or any other adjudicatory body.
Alcohol Awareness “CHOICES”:
The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement provides an educational program called “CHOICES”. This program, which is directed toward middle school, high school or college age individuals, is presented by Liquor Enforcement Officers and is tailored to the respective group. “CHOICES” discusses the law, penalties, peer pressure and consequences of choosing to participate or associate with the underage consumption of alcohol. This program is offered in a classroom or small assembly setting. To find out more about the program or to make arrangements to have a “CHOICES” presentation, contact the liquor enforcement district office in your area.
The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement participates with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in educational seminars directed toward the licensee community. These seminars explain updates and changes to the laws regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol. They provide information to assist licensees in operating their business in a safe, effective and legal manner. Representatives from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and other state agencies are usually available to answer all licensee questions. For dates and locations, go to www.lcb.state.pa.us.
General questions regarding the laws and regulations covering the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state of Pennsylvania can be directed to Bureau personnel at the district office with enforcement responsibility for your area.
The Board has the authority to issue licenses and to suspend and revoke all permits authorized under the Act. The Board has additional powers relating to the management of liquor stores and may make regulations deemed necessary for the administration of Act 21.