Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Dallas Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and regulatory activities in the Western and Northern half of Texas (El Paso to Tyler), as well as the State of Oklahoma. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, industry operations investigators, explosive enforcement officers, canine handlers, certified fire and explosive investigators, financial auditors, emergency medical technicians, legal counsel, crisis negotiators, diversity and inclusion recruiters, technical and support staff. Additionally, one of five ATF Special Response Teams (SRT) is based in Dallas. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. The Special Agents of the Dallas Division combat firearm violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gangs and gun traffickers. This includes efforts to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico which fuels violence among the drug cartels. We work in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Texas and Oklahoma to accomplish this mission.
Explosives and arson enforcement are an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. Dallas Field Division Special Agents combat arson and explosive-related violent crime by conducting independent investigations, collaborating with state and local fire investigators and bomb squads and utilizing explosive detection canines for search, recognition and protective search and sweep operations. ATF provides post-blast training to local investigators, prosecutors and bomb technicians to further comprehensive investigative capabilities in the region. In March 2018, Dallas Field Division personnel joined hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officers to identify and locate the suspect responsible for a series of package-bombs that killed two people and injured several more in Austin, Texas.
ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industry. Industry Operations Investigators work to ensure that all firearms are stored and handled in a safe manner according to law. Investigators conduct periodic inspections of federal firearms and explosives licensees. ATF Industry Operations Investigators play an integral part in preventing domestic and international firearms trafficking.
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 Dallas Field Division at (469) 227-4300 or at DallasDivision@atf.gov.
SAC Jeffrey C. Boshek II