Liquor law enforcement continues

Agency celebrates 80 years of service to Ohio
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 25, 2013


On Monday, the men and women of the Ohio Investigative Unit \celebrated 80 years of service to Ohio.

While prohibition ended on Dec. 5, 1933, General Code of Ohio 6064 did not become effective until Dec. 23, 1933.

Included in the code was the creation of the Ohio Department of Liquor Control to oversee the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in the state. The enforcement division fell under then Department of Liquor Control and was charged with conducting investigations of licensed and unlicensed liquor sales locations throughout the state. The agents were also tasked with stopping illegal sales, distribution and manufacturing of beer, and alcohol for public consumption.

In 1995, the enforcement division was transferred to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Over the years more enforcement efforts have been added including food stamp and tobacco enforcement. In 1999, the enforcement division was renamed the Ohio Investigative Unit. On January 1, 2013, OIU was integrated into the structure of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

”The liquor industry and laws have changed over the past 80 years, but liquor law enforcement continues to be crucial in the effort to contribute to a safer Ohio,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. “I am proud of the work they do each day.”

During 80 years of enforcing the state’s liquor laws, OIU has been involved in investigating and enforcing cases including bootlegging, moonshine, illegal gambling, drugs, weapons, underage drinking, prostitution and tracing-back the sale of alcohol after an alcohol-related crash.

As OIU celebrates 80 years of service, they would like to honor Agent James Burns who on Nov. 7, 1964, was shot to death in the line of duty as he attempted to arrest a suspect in an illegal liquor sales establishment in Xenia. In 1991, Agent Burns’ name was officially dedicated to be placed on the wall at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.



OH's byzantine post-Prohibition liquor distribution system is absurd.

One liquor store inside of a retail establishment in a community the size of Norwalk and none in towns like Milan is ridiculous. Norwalk could easily support a couple free standing stores.

Expanding liquor licenses could:

Potentially increase tax revenue and jobs.

Kottage Kat

Thought we had one back in the day. Why did it close?


Service? I think you spelled getting paid for adding regulations wrong.

Now The Rest of...

"Expanding liquor licenses could:

Potentially increase tax revenue and jobs."

Just what we need more booze, look around with the high rate of substance abuse, DUI's all to create more service related minimum wage jobs.


Re: "Just what we need more booze,"

Typical Ohioan backward thinking.

Lots of states like IL & others have numerous free standing liquor stores and it helps to create jobs and tax revenue.


Ohio needs to stop being one of the last Puritanical states where liquor laws are concerned!