Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Image of a headshot of Special Agent in Charge Bill Temple
Image of a headshot of Special Agent in Charge Bill Temple
As the Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division, Mr. Temple has executive management responsibility over all ATF operations occurring throughout the regions of East, North and West Texas, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma.
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.
Mr. Temple began his career as a special agent with ATF in 1988 in New York where he was assigned to an arson and explosives group, served as a member of the Special Response Team and worked on the Joint Terrorism Task Force with the New York Police Department during the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. He transferred to ATF Headquarters in 1996, serving as a Senior Tactical Operations Officer and Chief of the Technical Operation Branch.  From 1999 to 2002, he was the Resident Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee III Field Office.  Thereafter, Mr. Temple retuned to ATF Headquarters and was the N-Force Program Manager and later, the Chief of the Counter-Terrorism Division.  Mr. Temple was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Detroit Field Division in 2006, working there until 2012, when he assumed the duties as Country Attaché – Canada.  Most recently, he was as the Chief of International Affairs. 
Mr. Temple holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Trenton State College, in Ewing, New Jersey, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the American Society for Industrial Security, the National Association of Technical Investigators, and the North Texas Crime Commission. 
Mr. Temple is also a retired U.S Army Reserves officer serving in command positions as an Infantry Officer, Army Aviator, Military Police, and in logistical support.
Last Reviewed November 23, 2016