Alicia D. Jones is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for ATF’s Atlanta Field Division. She has worked at ATF for 17 years and has served in numerous locations as an ASAC, Resident Agent in Charge, Program Manager, and Special Agent.
Jones grew up with parents who emphasized to her and her siblings the importance of education, hard work, and giving back to the community. She was inspired to seek a career at ATF because of her desire to make a positive impact and serve as a role model for young African American women who may not often see representation in federal law enforcement. Her family has supported her career path, and Jones has felt a sense of purpose at ATF.
Importance of Diverse Voices in Federal Law Enforcement
In speaking at churches, schools, and community forums about her experiences working in law enforcement, Jones has encouraged youth to seek law enforcement careers. Diversity and inclusion are things that Jones believes are important to highlight in this line of work. She believes that African American women can play an important role in improving community relations and bridging gaps between law enforcement and the communities they protect.
Jones believes it is important for diverse voices with different experiences to join federal law enforcement so that communities are equally represented. Everyone’s background reflects their culture and experiences, and harnessing those is helpful when connecting with the public. She believes in the value of having diverse law enforcement officers that reflect the communities we serve. This will help combat violence, and project more positive images of law enforcement to our communities.
Reflecting on Black History Month
Jones believes that Black History Month gives us all the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, and how much farther we still have left to go. She believes it is a time for us to remember all the important contributions that have been made to our country, to remember the hardships that were endured, and to learn about and appreciate the sacrifices of others.