Benjamin P. Gibbons is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for ATF’s Atlanta Field Division. He has worked at ATF since 1999 and has served as the Training Manager at the ATF National Academy, Resident Agent in Charge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Charlotte, North Carolina, and SAC in the Internal Affairs Division.
Growing up, Gibbons saw the negative impact that firearms and gangs had on his community. He sought to make a positive change and researched law enforcement agencies that would provide him the opportunity to make a difference. He was inspired to join ATF because his goals aligned with the bureau’s mission of protecting the public, which provides employees the ability to see the direct impact of the work they do.
Importance of Diverse Voices in Federal Law Enforcement
Gibbons believes in the importance of fostering connections between law enforcement and the people they serve and protect. He has seen countless ATF employees spend their time working with underserved adolescents through the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. By taking the time to reach out and act as positive influences and role models, law enforcement can help bridge any gaps that may be between them and their communities.
It is Gibbons' view that equal representation and diversity of thought are important reasons for African American voices to join federal law enforcement. Having employees from different backgrounds can provide additional perspectives and create well-rounded policies, which can help improve law enforcement policies, innovations, programs, and technology.
Reflecting on Black History Month
Gibbons believes that Black History Month serves as an opportunity to highlight contributions and accomplishments made by Black individuals in America that have previously gone overlooked or are not widely known. The month provides all of us the opportunity to learn and reflect upon the resolve, engagement, and strength shown through history that has contributed to the betterment of our nation.