Explosives Enforcement

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the Federal agency primarily responsible for administering and enforcing the criminal and regulatory provisions of the Federal laws pertaining to destructive devices (bombs), explosives, and arson. Over nearly 40 years, ATF has developed scientifically proven investigative capabilities, expertise, and resources that have positioned ATF as the Nation’s primary source for explosives and fire investigative knowledge and assistance.

Certified Explosives Specialists

Certified Explosives Specialists (CES) are ATF’s primary resource in explosives-related matters. CESs are special agents who are highly trained in explosives investigations, the disposal of explosive materials, and all facets of the commercial explosives industry.

Criminal Investigative Analysis

ATF’s profilers offer their services to any bona fide law enforcement or fire service agency in the United States and the world. The profilers also work on research projects at the NCAVC in order to publish articles designed to educate law enforcement.

Explosives Enforcement Officers

ATF’s Explosives Enforcement Officers (EEOs) offer unequaled technical expertise in the bomb disposal and explosives fields. They are ATF’s primary resource when it comes to technical assistance and support in explosives matters.

Explosives Research & Development

ATF studies emerging technologies for identifying and detecting explosives and explosives effects, behavior, and devices.

National Explosives Task Force (NETF)

The NETF is the central communication and coordination point for ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), at the Headquarters level, for explosives response coordination and intelligence matters.

Last Reviewed October 6, 2021