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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Phoenix Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the States of Arizona and New Mexico. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, explosive enforcement officers, auditors, technicians and support staff.

ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. ATF’s Phoenix Field Division special agents combat firearms violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona and New Mexico to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Phoenix 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.

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 as mandated by federal 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 (602) 776-5400.

Bernard J. Zapor



Biography
Bernard J. Zapor

Special Agent in Charge
Phoenix Field Division

Bernard Zapor was selected as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He is responsible for ATF operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico.

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.

SAC Zapor was appointed to his current position after serving as Deputy Assistant Director, Field Operations – Central, with oversight of the Special Operations Division and ATF Field Divisions in 14 States. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division from 2005-2012. SAC Zapor previously served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division from May 2001 to June 2005. Earlier, he served as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas, Nevada, Field Office and was responsible for ATF operations in Southern Nevada. In September 1997 he was assigned to ATF National Headquarters in Washington D.C., serving as a program manager in the Office of Liaison and Public Information. He also served as the acting ATF Representative to the U.S. Treasury Department and was later detailed to the Office of the Director.

SAC Zapor began his career as a special agent with ATF in 1989 and was stationed in Phoenix, AZ serving there for 8 years. During his tenure, he performed many undercover roles throughout the U.S., including murder-for-hire, international weapons trafficking, and covert penetration of outlaw motorcycle syndicates, racist and extremist groups. While in Phoenix, he was a Special Response Team member, Tactical Medic and Public Information Officer.

SAC Zapor received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1988, and earned a Master of Business Administration from Northcentral University in 2008, where he was awarded membership in Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society. SAC Zapor is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and has completed leadership programs at Harvard University; Center for Creative Leadership; University of Virginia; OPM’s Western Management Development Center; and American University Graduate School of Public Communications. Additionally, he is credentialed by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Sheriff’s Association. SAC Zapor has received numerous awards and commendations during his tenure in law enforcement.