Community Outreach

ATF partners with the private sector, academia, and local, state, and other federal law enforcement organizations to provide a variety of community outreach programs as part of the agency’s strategic approach to reducing violent crimes. Our combined efforts incorporate educational, community-oriented, and policy-driven activities to help keep our communities safe.

School-Based Outreach

G.R.E.A.T. Program Manager Warren Harding, Officer Stephanie Velasquez and Supervisory Special Agent Kevin Smith teach G.R.E.A.T. summer camp lessonsATF launched the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) as an anti-gang, delinquency deterrent, and anti-bullying prevention community outreach program for middle and elementary school children. Students in the G.R.E.A.T. program participate in year-round interactive educational programs and summer camps that teach gang activity-resistant behaviors such as conflict management, decision making, and effective communications skills.

G.R.E.A.T. is the nation’s only federally operated anti-gang program supported by local, state, and federal enforcement, educational institutions, nonprofits and DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Community-Based Initiatives

Since 2004, ATF has engaged in public-private partnerships with nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Law Enforcement Exploring Organization, the Lighthouse Foundation of Philadelphia, PA and the Salvation Army - Kroc Center of Philadelphia, PA. We also support the annual Feds Feed Families national food drive. Our combined efforts help support communities in need and provide youth with life skills to help them avoid negative influences, avoid negative peer pressure, and set and achieve goals.

ATF is integral part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is a Department of Justice (DOJ) national gun-crime reduction initiative coordinated by U.S. Attorney’s Offices in 94 federal jurisdictions and 50 states and territories. Launched in 2001, PSN is a law enforcement program that assists community organizations with combatting violent gun crimes. The program also provides grants to community organizations for initiatives that combat the gang and gun violence impacting our nation’s youth.

Interagency Partnerships

In 2021, ATF launched the Anti-Firearms Trafficking Campaign to combat firearms smuggling at the northern and southern U.S. borders. ATF continues to partner with the Department of Homeland Security on this strategic initiative. The campaign includes educating the public on the penalties for buying guns for prohibited individuals (known as “straw purchasing”) as well as the consequences of illegal gun smuggling.

Last Reviewed June 28, 2022