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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Dallas Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the Northern half of Texas (Tyler to El Paso), as well as the State of Oklahoma. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, explosive enforcement officers, canine handlers, auditors, technicians, legal counsel and support staff. Additionally, one of five ATF Special Response Teams (SRT) is based in Dallas. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. The Special Agents of the Dallas Division combat firearm violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gangs and gun traffickers. This includes efforts to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico which fuels the violence among the drug cartels. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Texas and Oklahoma to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement are an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Dallas Field Division special agents combat arson and explosive-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads. Also, ATF provides post-blast training for local investigators and bomb technicians. ATF’s explosives expertise will be utilized for security purposes when Super Bowl XLV comes to Arlington, Texas in February of 2011. ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industry. The Industry Operations Investigators work to ensure that all firearms are stored, handled and in a safe manner according to law. Investigators conduct periodic inspections of firearms and explosives licensees. ATF Industry Investigators play an integral part in preventing domestic and international firearms trafficking.

We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. If community members have information regarding any violent criminal activity in this region, do not hesitate to contact the Dallas division at (469) 227-4300.

Robert R. Champion



Biography

Robert R. Champion

Robert R. Champion

Special Agent in Charge
Dallas Field Division

Robert Champion was selected as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in November 2009. He is responsible for ATF operations throughout all of East, North and West Texas, as well as all of Oklahoma.

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 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 being named the Dallas SAC, he was the SAC of the Seattle Field Division. From October 2000 through February 2009, SAC Champion served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Field Division. He also served as the Special Agent in Charge, Enforcement Support Branch, Special Operations Division at ATF National Headquarters. In October 1993, SAC Champion was promoted to Group Supervisor of Phoenix Group II Field Office, Phoenix, Arizona. There he was placed in charge of the Phoenix Special Response Team (SRT) and supervised a group of special agents. On February 28, 1993, SAC Champion participated in “Operation Trojan Horse,” which involved the initial search warrant execution of the David Koresh Compound near Waco, Texas. SAC Champion received the ATF Distinguished Service Medal, an ATF Special Commendation and the ATF Hostile Action Award for his actions on that day.

SAC Champion accepted a position as a special agent with the ATF in El Paso, Texas, in 1987. He began his law enforcement career with the U. S. Border Patrol in Tacna, Arizona, in the Yuma Sector. SAC Champion is currently a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the North Texas Crime Commission, the ATF Hispanic Agents Association, and ASIS International. He is a native of McAllen, Texas.