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Dec 31, 2012 8:32 AM by Associated Press

Alcohol sales enforcers get heavy-duty protection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's alcohol sales enforcers have gotten $70,000 worth of bullet-resistant vests, helmets and gas masks to protect them during undercover stings at bars, restaurants and retail establishments.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the equipment is essential for the safety of its 142 sworn agents.

Most agency arrests involve selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors.

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness tells the Sacramento Bee that ABC agents operate in various jurisdictions and local law enforcement is available as backup.

The agency doesn't track agent-involved shootings, but chief deputy director Tim Gorsuch says there have been five incidents in nine years. He didn't have details.

The department's $55 million budget relies on licensing fees from about 115,000 businesses that sell, import or manufacture alcohol.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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