About the NLLEA
National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) is a non-profit
association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement
of liquor laws and regulations. The
NLLEA has a membership structure that is open to all levels of persons
involved in enforcing liquor laws in the United States and Canada.
NLLEA is committed to improving the standards and practices of liquor
law enforcement, to the professional development of its members, and
to public recognition of the role and achievements of liquor law enforcement
in protecting and promoting public safety. The NLLEA actively collaborates with other national law enforcement
organizations and with state and local law enforcement organizations
to enhance understanding of the overall importance of liquor law enforcement
in preventing crime and community problems. In addition, the NLLEA fosters a cooperative and mutually beneficial working relationship with alcohol research and public health organizations
and with responsible members of the liquor industry. We consider these
groups to be amongst our closest allies in ensuring that alcoholic beverages
are promoted, distributed, and consumed in a legal fashion.
order to help ensure the integrity, independence, and objectivity of
our association and its membership, the NLLEA does not permit acceptance
of funds or donations from the alcohol beverage industry.
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Legal but Hazardous Product
United States and Canada recognize that alcoholic beverages are valued by
members of society. These
societies also recognize, however, that alcoholic beverages pose special
threats to the well-being of society, including increased rates of crime (especially violent
crime), and personal and public health problems, including
injury and death. These societies recognize that alcoholic beverages, while
legal, are potentially hazardous products, subject to special controls and
conditions not applied to other commercial products. Thus,
they have created legal structures within which alcoholic
beverages are marketed and consumed. In both the United States and Canada, these
specific liquor law rules
and regulations and responsibility for their enforcement are largely delegated
by the national government to the states and provinces.
Liquor Law Enforcement
the unique burdens and challenges posed by the marketing and consumption of
alcoholic beverages, most states and provinces have created specialized,
independent law enforcement agencies to enforce these laws. These agencies are charged with providing the
and professional skills necessary for effective and efficient administration
and enforcement of state and provincial liquor laws. NLLEA is committed to the
professional development of its members. To assist its member agencies in achieving their enforcement and regulatory objectives, NLLEA sponsors an annual conference and numerous training opportunities each year.