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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, canine handlers, auditors, technicians, legal counsel and support staff. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. The Special Agents of the Philadelphia Field Division combat firearm violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gangs and gun traffickers. In order to accomplish this mission, we work in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Explosives and arson enforcement are an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Philadelphia 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 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 accounted for 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 Philadelphia Division at (215) 446-7800.

Essam Rabadi


Essam Rabadi

Essam Rabadi

Special Agent in Charge
Philadelphia Field Division

Essam Rabadi was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Philadelphia Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in January 2013. SAC Rabadi has ATF operational oversight of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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.

Prior to this appointment, SAC Rabadi was Chief of the Firearms Division at ATF National Headquarters in Washington, DC. As Division Chief, he managed ATF’s national firearms programs, including key programs such as the nation-wide violent crime reduction initiatives and the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network program.

SAC Rabadi was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Philadelphia Field Division in 2010, supervising multiple offices located in the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He became the Resident Agent in Charge of the ATF/New Jersey State Police Firearms Task Force in Trenton in 2005, where he developed the NJ Trace project, an intelligence-led firearms trafficking program which currently serves as a significant firearms enforcement strategy for ATF offices in the northeast region of the country. In 2000, SAC Rabadi transferred to the Philadelphia Field Division where he supervised ATF’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force in Philadelphia, PA.

SAC Rabadi came to ATF National Headquarters in 1998, and shortly thereafter was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent, responsible for the Gang Resistance Education and Training program, a school-based program for middle school children that focuses on gang and gun violence prevention.

SAC Rabadi started his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Yonkers Police Department. He began his Federal public service career in 1989, as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service in New York City, and in 1992, he joined ATF as a special agent in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology.