Arthur Peralta was appointed to the position of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2018. As the SAC, Mr. Peralta will continue to ensure that ATF investigations have a real impact on reducing violent crime in Georgia communities.
Mr. Peralta began his law enforcement career as a law enforcement specialist in the United States Air Force. He held a broad range of assignments during his 10 years of active duty service and was fortunate enough to work with police forces from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the Philippines while serving in those countries. Those experiences were extremely beneficial and provided him with a global law enforcement perspective.
Mr. Peralta joined the Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993, where he served as a patrol officer in New Mexico’s capital city. Upon promotion to Police Sergeant, he commanded of the departments Juvenile Services Unit.
In 1999, Mr. Peralta was promoted to Police Lieutenant and assumed duties as the department Accreditation Manager in the Professional Standards Unit. He also served as the department polygraph examiner and administered over 200 polygraph examinations during his service there.
Mr. Peralta began his ATF career in the City of Oakland, California. As an agent, he focused on complex firearms trafficking cases in the San Francisco Bay area and worked closely with the Oakland Police Department, Stockton Police Department, Fresno Police Department and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms. Along the way, he worked in several offices of ATF’s San Francisco Field Division and served as Group (field intelligence) Supervisor of the division and Resident Agent in Charge of the Oakland field office.
Mr. Peralta then moved to the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, Internal Affairs Division and in 2014 was promoted to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC). As ASAC, he helped to ensure that all internal affairs investigations were conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
More recently, Mr. Peralta one of three ASACs due to the size of the oversight that division entails. Mr. Peralta worked with the agents, investigators and administrative staff of the Houston Field Division to ensure that ATF operations in Houston had real public value and served Houston communities to the greatest extent. He promoted the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and worked with Houston law enforcement agencies to improve gun crime investigations.
Mr. Peralta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Security and Safety Leadership from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.