Carlos A. Canino was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division Feb. 4, 2019. Mr. Canino is responsible for leading the men and women of the Los Angeles Field Division in enforcing federal laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives and arson.
A seasoned law enforcement professional, Mr. Canino began his ATF career as a Special Agent in 1990, in Yakima, Washington. Rising through the ranks at ATF, Mr. Canino has served in several leadership positions including Deputy Assistant Director Field Operations (West) Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles and Miami Field Divisions, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, ATF Mexico Country Attaché and Supervisory Special Agent in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as a street agent in Los Angeles, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mr. Canino is a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Mr. Canino is a two-time recipient of the International Narcotics Officer Association Medal of Valor. He is a recipient of the United States Attorney General Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the ATF Foreign Service Medal and a two-time recipient of the ATF Distinguished Service Medal.
A Watertown, Massachusetts native, Mr. Canino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College, Westfield Massachusetts in 1988. He was inducted into the Westfield State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and the School of Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in 2017. Mr. Canino was named Westfield State’s Distinguished Alumnus of the year in 2014.