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Welcome to ATF’s St. Paul Field Division. From the pristine Lake Michigan shores of Wisconsin, extending west through Minnesota’s “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and continuing to the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, the St. Paul Field Division has a large geographic area of responsibility. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff.

ATF’s St. Paul Field Division special agents combat firearms violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the field division to accomplish this mission. Some of our more notable investigations have been the Outlaws motorcycle gang, the Tre-Tre Crips and the Detroit Boys street gangs.

Employees of the ATF St. Paul Field Division are also very proactive in investigating violations of federal law pertaining to arson and explosives. Our high success rate of these investigations is a direct correlation of our close working relationship with the state and local fire departments and police bomb squads.

ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industries. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner according to law.

We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you. Our phone number is (651) 726-0200.

Scott D. Sweetow


Scott D. Sweetow

Scott D. Sweetow

Special Agent in Charge
St. Paul Field Division

In January 2013, Scott Sweetow became the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Forearms and Explosives (ATF), which covers the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, trafficking of firearms, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries to protect against crime, violence, and other threats to public safety.

Prior to this appointment, SAC Sweetow served as SAC for the Atlanta Field Division, responsible for ATF’s operations in the State of Georgia. SAC Sweetow was promoted to that position after serving at the Division’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC). In March 2003, SAC Sweetow was transferred to ATF National Headquarters as a Program Manager, and then Branch Chief in Field Operations’ Field Management Staff, before being named Chief, National Center for Explosives Training and Research Division, where he was key in implementing the Department of Justice’s state of the art explosives facility in Huntsville, Alabama. SAC Sweetow began his ATF career in June 1990 as a special agent in the Los Angeles Field Division, with supervisory assignments beginning in August 1999 in Arizona.

SAC Sweetow is a graduate of ATF’s Senior Executive Service, a recipient of ATF’s Distinguished Service Medal, and is a former team Special Agent in Charge for ATF’s Eastern National Response Team. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Russian and Soviet Area Studies from the University of Arizona, his Master’s of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 2008.

In 2012, SAC Sweetow attended the FBI’s prestigious Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and in 2013 became ATF’s sole graduate of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course, a high-level program focusing on leadership, strategic planning, security and critical thinking for senior U.S. and foreign military, intelligence and law enforcement professionals whose duties are tied to countries in, or affecting Asia and the Pacific Rim.

SAC Sweetow is a decorated veteran of the United States Army Reserves, and was the first ATF agent to deploy operationally to Iraq, assisting the Defense Intelligence Agency as part of the Iraq Survey Group. He has also worked in numerous foreign countries teaching Post Blast Investigation Techniques.