SEC. 67-1-91. Enforcement.
(1) It is hereby made the duty of every police and peace officer and every district and county attorney and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the State Tax Commission to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to inform against and diligently prosecute persons whom they have reasonable cause to believe to be offenders against the provisions thereof. Every such officer refusing or neglecting to do so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and the court, in addition to imposing the penalty therefor, shall adjudge forfeiture of his office.
(2) In any county or municipality where it is readily apparent that local law enforcement authorities in cooperation with the agents and inspectors provided by the commission cannot control the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages, the commission shall request such assistance as it may deem necessary from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol; and it shall be the duty of the Governor of the State of Mississippi to see that the laws of the state are properly enforced by use of the additional authority as herein provided.
(3) The officers, agents and representatives of the State Tax Commission and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division thereof are authorized and directed to strictly enforce the prohibition laws throughout the state, except in those counties and municipalities which have voted for the legalized sale of intoxicating liquor. The State Highway Patrol, sheriffs, police departments, constables, and all peace officers, and prosecuting attorneys, the Attorney General's office, district attorneys, county attorneys, city attorneys, and all others charged with upholding the law, as well as the citizenry of this state, are hereby urged and directed to uphold the dignity of the law, to foster public respect therefor and to strictly enforce the laws against intoxicating liquor in all cases while operating a motor vehicle on the streets and highways of this state, and to enforce the law and prosecute against the wrongful use of intoxicating liquor in any county or municipality by a permit holder or licensee or anyone else under such circumstances and conditions as would lead to a breakdown in public law or is violative of the public sense of common decency, as well as to enforce the law against gambling, organized crime, or social vice and corruption.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Secs. 10265-03, 10265-11, 10265-37; Laws, 1966, ch. 540, Secs. 3, 11, 37; 1990, ch. 569, Sec. 6, eff from and after passage (approved April 9, 1990).