Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Tampa Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in 58 of the 67 counties in the State of Florida. The ATF Tampa Field Division encompasses over 44,370 sq. miles with a population of more than 12 million people. The Tampa Field Division consists of two Federal Judicial Districts, the Northern and Middle Judicial Districts of Florida.
Our dedicated workforce is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. ATF is dedicated to combating firearm violence by focusing our investigative efforts on armed violent repeat offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Florida to accomplish this mission.
Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF special agents combat arson and explosives related crimes by conducting complex independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads.
ATF is responsible for regulating the firearms and explosives industries. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that firearms are properly transferred and that explosives are stored and conveyed in accordance with the 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 (813) 202-7300.
Special Agent in Charge
Tampa Field Division
Julie Leon was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Tampa Field Division in November 2012. As the SAC, she directs all ATF activities in 58 of the 67 counties in the State of Florida.
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.
Most recently, SAC Leon served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations (OPRSO)/Chief Security Officer, serving as the principal advisor to the Director in planning and coordinating security and emergency preparedness, inspection, and internal affairs activities for ATF.
SAC Leon was named Deputy Assistant Director, Field Operations, in 2008. Her duties included oversight of all field operations for the East Coast, the Special Operations Division, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Division, being responsible for the Bureau’s enforcement of Federal firearms, explosives, and arson laws, as well as its jurisdiction relative to the Federal alcohol and tobacco diversion laws.
In April 2004, SAC Leon was selected to lead the Miami Field Division, responsible for ATF operations in South Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SAC Leon joined ATF in 1990, and during her career has held various critical positions of responsibility in the Bureau, including Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division, program manager in the International Enforcement Branch and the International Training Branch, and as a Group Supervisor in the Washington Field Division. SAC Leon began her Federal career in 1982 as a special agent in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and as a veteran of “Operation Just Cause” in the Republic of Panama, was awarded the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for her valor during the invasion.
SAC Leon was named the U.S. Treasury Department Law Enforcement Employee of the Year and Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. She also received the Professional Achievement Award from the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives. In addition, she was honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the “80 Elite Hispanic Women” of the Year, which honors the most influential and successful Hispanic women in the world of Government, business, non-profits, and academia. SAC Leon is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.