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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 R. Champion was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the ATF Dallas Field Division in November 2009.  As SAC of the Dallas Field Division, Mr. Champion has executive management responsibility over all ATF operations occurring throughout the regions of East, North and West Texas, as well as the entire State 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.

SAC Champion is a career Federal Law Enforcement Officer with over thirty (30) years of experience, having begun his career in 1985 as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Tacna Arizona Station, Yuma Sector.

In 1987, Mr. Champion began his career with the ATF as a Special Agent assigned to the El Paso, Texas Field Office.  In October 1993, Mr. Champion was promoted to the Group Supervisor position of the Phoenix Group II Field Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where he supervised an office of Special Agents charged with investigating significant violent criminal organizations and area street gangs.  While in Phoenix, Mr. Champion was also given the responsibility of supervising the Phoenix Division Special Response Team (SRT), utilized for all high-risk tactical operations occurring within the Division.

In April 1998, Mr. Champion was assigned as the Special Agent in Charge, Enforcement Support Branch, Special Operations Division in ATF Headquarters, Washington, D.C. where he developed and managed programs designed to assist Special Agents in perfecting unique and challenging criminal investigations.

From October 2000 through February 2009, Mr. Champion returned to the field and served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Houston Field Division, where he had managerial oversight of all ATF Field Offices located in the south and central Texas regions.

In February 2009 he was promoted to the Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Division, the largest of ATF’s twenty-five (25) Field Divisions, and includes the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Territory of Guam.

Mr. Champion is currently a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), the North Texas Crime Commission (NTCC), and ASIS.

Throughout his career, Mr. Champion has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, to include the ATF Distinguished Service Medal, an ATF Special Commendation and the ATF Hostile Action Award.