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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Detroit, Michigan. Our Division has the responsibility of enforcing the Federal laws and regulations that fall under ATF jurisdiction throughout the State of Michigan.

ATF is committed to protecting the public and reducing violent crime in neighborhoods across Michigan, and we do so by working in teams that focus on different aspects of the Division’s mission. Individual cases may originate within one team, but a spirit of collaboration within our Division and with our international, Federal, State, and local partners is often key to successful investigations.

Detroit 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 international, Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in Michigan, the rest of the United States, and Canada to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy, and the Division is home to certified explosives specialists, certified fire investigators, a K-9 arson detection unit, and a K-9 explosives detection unit. Detroit Field Division special agents combat arson, explosives, and tobacco-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with State and local fire investigators, bomb squads, and tobacco units.

ATF also enforces the Federal laws and regulations governing the firearms and explosives commercial retail industries. Detroit Field Division industry operations investigators (IOI) serve as the frontline in achieving this essential mission in Michigan. Division IOIs work with private industry and our law enforcement partners to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled, and sold in a safe manner and according to law.

We encourage all Michigan residents to become our partners also, by assisting us in our goal of safeguarding our communities. If you have information regarding violent criminal activity in our State, do not hesitate to contact ATF at (313) 202-3400.

S. Robin Shoemaker


S. Robin Shoemaker

S. Robin Shoemaker

Special Agent in Charge
Detroit Field Division

S. Robin Shoemaker was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Detroit Field Division in April 2015. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for ATF in Michigan, she is responsible for all operations, administrative, and personnel matters.

Ms. Shoemaker joined ATF in September of 1991. Her first assignment with ATF was with the Toledo Field Office of the Cleveland Field Division. Ms. Shoemaker was the first female agent assigned to that office. After 9 years of investigative experience, Ms. Shoemaker took an assignment at Bureau headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2000 as the Program Manager of the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII).

In 2002, Ms. Shoemaker was promoted to Group Supervisor in the Detroit Field Division. In this capacity, she supervised the Arson and Explosives Group, Project Safe Neighborhoods Group and the Firearms Investigative Team. In June of 2005, Ms. Shoemaker was assigned as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Flint Field Office, and was the first female RAC assigned to the office.

Ms. Shoemaker was promoted as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Detroit, Michigan in 2009. From 2009-2012, Ms. Shoemaker oversaw and directed the enforcement operations, (including two police involved shootings) of approximately 8 field offices in Michigan. Ms. Shoemaker was the first female ATF ASAC in Detroit, and was featured in an Oxygen network series Captured, for her work in criminal car bombing investigations.

In August of 2012, Ms. Shoemaker was promoted to Special Agent in Charge, Columbus Field Division. As SAC in Columbus, and the first female SAC of the Division, Ms. Shoemaker was responsible for ATF operations in Ohio and Indiana. In October of 2013, Ms. Shoemaker was laterally transferred to the Newark Field Division as SAC. There she was responsible for 7 law enforcement and regulatory offices in the state of New Jersey.

In March 2013, Ms. Shoemaker was promoted to Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Professional Development in ATF Headquarters. She oversaw 6 divisions, including ATF National Academy.

Ms. Shoemaker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia. She graduated from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program; the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy; the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Executive Development Leading Change Program; the Center of Creative Leadership and Leadership Development Program, and OPM’s School for Suitability Adjudications. She participates in the ATF Mentoring program and is a member of WIFLE (Women in Federal Law Enforcement), and the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police).