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41-201. Law enforcement powers of director, agents and employees; attorney, appointment and compensation. (a) The director of alcoholic beverage control and agents and employees of the director designated by the director, with the approval of the secretary of revenue, are hereby vested with the power and authority of peace and police officers, in the execution of the duties imposed upon the director of alcoholic beverage control by this act and in enforcing the provisions of this act.

(b) The director and each agent and employee designated by the director under subsection (a), with the approval of the secretary of revenue, shall have the authority to make arrests, conduct searches and seizures and carry firearms while investigating violations of this act and during the routine conduct of their duties as determined by the director or designee. In addition to the above, the director and such agents and employees shall have the authority to make arrests, conduct searches and seizures and generally to enforce all the criminal laws of the state as violations of those laws are encountered by such employees or agents during the routine performance of their duties. In addition to or in lieu of the above, the director and the director's agents and employees shall have the authority to issue notices to appear pursuant to K.S.A. 22-2408, and amendments thereto. No agent or employee of the director shall be certified to carry firearms under the provisions of this section without having first successfully completed the firearm training course or courses prescribed for law enforcement officers under subsection (a) of K.S.A. 74-5604a, and amendments thereto. The director may adopt rules and regulations prescribing other training required for such agents or employees.

(c) The attorney general shall appoint, with the approval of the secretary of revenue, an assistant attorney general who shall be the attorney for the director of alcoholic beverage control and the division of alcoholic beverage control, and who shall receive an annual salary fixed by the attorney general with the approval of the director of alcoholic beverage control and the state finance council.

History: L. 1949, ch. 242, § 6; L. 1953, ch. 239, § 1; L. 1961, ch. 409, § 1; L. 1965, ch. 458, § 2; L. 1967, ch. 443, § 2; L. 1972, ch. 342, § 57; L. 1985, ch. 169, § 1; L. 1994, ch. 353, § 14; L. 1999, ch. 153, § 1; May 20.


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