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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Denver Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the states of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff.

The men and women of ATF are committed to reducing violent crime in our communities. ATF’s Denver 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 the field division to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. Highly trained ATF 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 goal is 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. If community members have information regarding any violent criminal activity in this region, do not hesitate to contact the Denver Field Division at (303) 575–7600.

Luke Franey


Luke Franey

Luke Franey

Special Agent in Charge
Denver Field Division

Luke Franey was named the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the Denver Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in November 2013. He has operational oversight responsibilities for all ATF operations in the States of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

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 this assignment, SAC Franey served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Denver Field Division, beginning in August of 2008. Before serving as ASAC, he served as Chief of the Office of Executive Protection, where he protected the Director of ATF and other Bureau executives. In 2001, SAC Franey was promoted to Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Corpus Christi Field Office. In October of 2004, he was transferred to ATF National Headquarters in Washington, DC, to the Special Operations Division, as the SAC of the Critical Incident Management Branch, where he managed ATF’s National Tactical Program.

SAC Franey has been in law enforcement for over 26 years. He spent his first year as a special agent with the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services before joining ATF. SAC Franey began his career with ATF in the Dallas Field Division in 1988, and was a field agent in Oklahoma City for the first 13 years of his career. SAC Franey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He was also selected to attend a two week course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education for ATF senior leadership.

SAC Franey is the recipient of numerous Special Act awards for outstanding service to include the Treasury Department’s Hostile Action Medal and Distinguished Service Medal for his heroic action during the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also received the Hostile Action Medal and Medal of Valor for acts of heroism and bravery while being subjected to hostile gun fire during an arrest operation in Oklahoma.