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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and seven counties in the panhandle of West Virginia. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff.

ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. ATF’s Washington Field Division special agents combat firearms violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers, gangs and tobacco diversion. The Washington Field Division is home to one of the most successful Violent Crime Impact Teams (VCIT) teams in the country. Our VCIT team is based in Richmond Virginia, and ATF Special Agents work side by side with the Richmond Police Department and Virginia State Police to put the “worst of the worst” in jail so the citizens of Richmond can enjoy their community and neighborhoods.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Washington Field Division special agents combat arson and explosives-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads. In the District of Columbia ATF has formed an arson task force with the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department that responds to fires where there are injuries or fatalities.

ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industries. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner according to law.

We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you. Our phone number is (202) 648-8010.

Charles E. Smith

Charles E. Smith

Special Agent in Charge
Washington Field Division

Charles E. Smith was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in January, 2014. He is responsible for ATF operations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Colombia and eight counties in West Virginia

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 trafficking of firearms, 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.

SAC Smith began his ATF career as a street agent in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1987. During his distinguished 26-year career with ATF he has held various leadership positions, such as Chief of Special Operations Division, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of both the Dallas and Seattle Field Divisions, Team Leader of the Special Response Team 3 (SRT) in Dallas, Texas, and Group Supervisor of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a street agent, SAC Smith worked high profile investigations that led to the successful convictions of hundreds of violent armed narcotics traffickers. During his assignment as first-line supervisor in the New Orleans Field Division, his staff led the division in arrests and convictions. As the SRT team leader, he was responsible for more than 300 high-risk operations that led to the safe apprehension of armed violent suspects. During his assignment as ASAC in the Seattle and Dallas Field Divisions, he supervised seven law enforcement groups and had oversight of all major tactical operations.

SAC Smith has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his distinguished law enforcement career to include the ATF Medal of Valor in 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2005. In 1995, SAC Smith was the recipient of the first Medal of Valor award issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to a non-DEA employee.

In addition, SAC Smith was awarded the ATF Hostile Action Award in 1993 and 1995; the ATF Special Commendation Award in 1993, and 14 Special Act awards during his career.

SAC Smith has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).