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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. 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 New Orleans 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 Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s New Orleans 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 (504) 841-7000.

Phillip M. Durham


Phillip M. Durham

Phillip M. Durham

Special Agent in Charge
New Orleans Field Division

Phillip Durham was selected as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in December 2009. He is responsible for ATF operations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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 his appointment as the head of the New Orleans Field Division, SAC Durham served for 6 years as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Washington Field Division, Washington, DC. He held several acting and permanent positions at ATF National Headquarters. One of his most notable assignments was to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Director for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. SAC Durham has also served as the Chief of ATF’s Special Operations Division in Headquarters where he oversaw the Bureau's Special Response Teams, Medics, Negotiators, OCDETF program, Polygraph program, Special Events Branch, and the National Enforcement Operations Center.

SAC Durham oversaw the International Response Teams, Arson and Explosives Task Forces, and Behavioral Profilers, and was also the SAC of ATF’s National Response Team from 2001 to 2009, where he led teams of experts to numerous large-scale fire and explosives scenes throughout the country. SAC Durham also served for two years as the Resident Agent in Charge in the Jackson/Oxford, Mississippi, Field Office, and served five years on ATF’s Special Response Team as a tactical operator. He began his career as a special agent in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1989, where he worked all aspects of ATF's jurisdiction.

SAC Durham graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, both internally and externally.