Meet the Special Agent in Charge

James M. Deir was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Detroit Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon in January 2018. SAC Deir is responsible for all ATF operations in the state of Michigan. 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 trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, 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.

SAC Deir began his career with ATF in 1998 as a Special Agent in Colorado Springs Field Office. As he advanced through the ranks at ATF, he served in a wide range of operational and leadership positions. SAC Deir served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Baltimore Field Division leading the Enhanced Enforcement Initiative, the Resident Agent in Charge for the Cincinnati Field Office and as the Program Manager leading the Special Agent Basic Training Program at the ATF National Academy during the largest hiring initiative in Bureau history. At the time of his appointment as the SAC of the Detroit Field Division, Mr. Deir was serving as the ASAC of the Atlanta Field Division, where he oversaw ATF operations in the Atlanta metropolitan area as well as in southeast Georgia.

SAC Deir is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of his leadership, exemplary performance, and commitment to public service. SAC Deir earned a Bachelor of Science degree double majoring in Public Administration and Justice Studies from Northern Michigan University in 1994, a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University in 1995, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2013.

Last Reviewed January 22, 2021