Enforcement Efforts

Here are the current State Excise Police enforcement projects:

CIS (Cops In Shops)

Cops in Shops, a program developed by The Century Council, is possible in Indiana thanks to funding provided to the Excise police by the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving. Cops in Shops is an enforcement program where Excise officers pose as employees or customers at licensed dealer establishments. As the program grows and expands, persons under the legal age of twenty-one who enter licensed premises with the intent of purchasing alcoholic beverages will never know if or when the person behind the counter is an Excise officer. Upon attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages, the minor will be arrested by the officer. Officers also observe for intoxicated patrons attempting to make purchases and take appropriate enforcement action. While working CIS details, officers and employees have an opportunity to share information. Clerks learn the finer points of checking ID's, while Excise officers observe first-hand the daily problems the industry experiences in its attempts to prevent underage access to alcoholic beverages. If you are a licensed Indiana dealer and you are interested in participating in the CIS program, contact the Excise district for the county your business is located in.

Intensified Patrols

Intensified patrols are enforcement details designed to target locations and functions that have been identified as having a potential for problems with alcohol and/or tobacco use. Examples include concerts, sporting and community events, and other locations were the affected age groups may be present in increased numbers. Often these problem locations are identified by concerned citizens in the local community.

SUDS (Stop Underage Drinking & Sales)

SUDS is a federally funded program that pays officers overtime for working details where there is a high concentration of underage drinking. The primary goal of SUDS is to reduce the acquisition of alcoholic beverages by those individuals who are not legally entitled to possess them. By reducing access to alcoholic beverages through education and enforcement, the number of young individuals who will be injured or killed can be greatly reduced.

ICE (Intensified College Enforcement)

ICE is a federally funded program which provides additional enforcement hours for excise officers to concentrate on enforcement efforts that are sometimes not possible during a routine shift. The extra hours are used to increase underage drinking awareness and enforcement of laws pertaining to underage drinking in and around the campuses of Indiana University, Ball State University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Notre Dame University, Vincennes University, University of Southern Indiana, Depauw University, as well as other colleges and universities statewide.

SAC (Survey of Alcohol Compliance)

The Survey of Alcohol Compliance (SAC) is conducted by the Indiana State Excise Police to evaluate and reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. SAC inspections consist of ISEP Officers and 18-20 year-old youths who attempt to obtain alcohol at licensed retail establishments. The primary goal of the program is to reduce access and availability of alcoholic beverages to Indiana youth. SAC information page

TCC (Tobacco Compliance Checks)

Tobacco Compliance Checks (TCC) is a program started in 2017 to evaluate and reduce the availability of tobacco and e-liquid products to persons under 18-years of age. TCC inspections are conducted by ISEP officers accompanied by 16- or 17-year-old youths who attempt to purchase tobacco and e-liquid products at licensed retail establishments. TCC information page