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About Los Angeles Field Division

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Welcome to ATF’s Los Angeles Field Division website. From California’s Central Coast, extending south to the Mexican border, we cover the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Diego and Imperial. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff.

The men and women of ATF Los Angeles are committed to reducing violent crime in our communities. ATF accomplishes this by identifying and targeting specific criminal organizations and the persons responsible for perpetrating violence in our communities. Some of our more notable gang investigations have been the Mongols motorcycle gang, Rancho San Pedro gang, Rollin 30s Crips, Bounty Hunter Bloods, Florencia 13 street gangs, Mexican mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood prison gangs.

ATF Los Angeles is also very proactive in investigating violations of federal law pertaining to arson and explosives. To this end, ATF works closely with local fire departments and police bomb squads. Recently ATF participated in the investigations involving the Hollywood arsonist and the Escondido bomb house and was instrumental in the recovery of evidence that led to the criminal procedures to both of the individuals involved.

ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industry. Our goal is to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner according to law. In Los Angeles this extends to Hollywood, where filmmakers use firearms and explosives in movie productions.

ATF Los Angeles was the first field division to host a citizen academy for the public to get an inside look at agency. This unique training promotes a more informed community through education about ATF’s mission, regulatory and technical capabilities, and our role in reducing violent crime by enforcing federal firearms, explosive, arson and tobacco laws.

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 (818) 265-2500.

Carlos A. Canino

Carlos A. Canino

Special Agent in Charge
Los Angeles Field Division

Carlos A. Canino was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division in February 2014. As the Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Canino is responsible for leading the men and women of the Los Angeles Field Division while enforcing laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives, arson and alcohol and tobacco trafficking.

At the time of his appointment as Mr. Canino was serving as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, directing field operations for ATF in Southern Arizona and New Mexico.

A seasoned law enforcement professional, Mr. Canino began his ATF career as a Special Agent in 1990, in Yakima, Washington. Rising through the ranks at ATF, Mr. Canino has served in several leadership positions including Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, ATF Mexico Country Attaché and Supervisory Special Agent in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as a street agent in Los Angeles, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mr. Canino is a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Mr. Canino is a two-time recipient of the International Narcotics Officer Association Medal of Valor. He is a recipient of the United States Attorney General Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the ATF Foreign Service Medal and a two-time recipient of the ATF Distinguished Service Medal.

A Massachusetts native, Mr. Canino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College, Westfield Massachusetts in 1988. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.