Shawn Morrow is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Louisville Field Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Since May 2020, he is responsible for executing ATF’s mission to fight violent crime and regulate the firearms and explosives industries in Kentucky, West Virginia, and the Southern District of Indiana.
ATF’s dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, industry operations investigators (IOIs), intelligence research specialists, forensic auditors, technicians and support staff. Special agents in ATF’s Louisville Field Division combat firearms violence by focusing investigations on armed violent offenders, armed career criminals, criminal groups and gangs, and firearms traffickers. The agents work closely with local, state and other federal law enforcement agencies to accomplish this mission.
Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. Special agents in ATF’s Louisville Field Division combat arson and criminal misuse of explosives crimes by conducting investigations in partnership with local and state fire investigators and bomb squads.
IOIs under SAC Morrow’s leadership regulate over 3,500 federal firearms and explosives licensees. IOIs work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner in compliance with federal law and regulations.
SAC Morrow began his law enforcement career in Tennessee in 1997. In 2005, he joined ATF as a special agent in the Baltimore Field Division and was assigned to the ATF R.A.G.E task force investigating violent street gangs in the metro Washington, D.C. area. In 2009, he was reassigned to the Nashville Field Division to help start ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team.
In 2013, SAC Morrow joined ATF’s Public and Government Affairs Division where he completed Georgetown University’s Capitol Hill Fellowship Program. He was assigned to the U.S. House of Representatives before returning to the field as Group Supervisor of Baltimore Group VI, an ATF task force responsible for investigating violent criminal organizations in the city of Baltimore. In 2016, he was assigned to ATF Internal Affairs before returning to the field as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Washington Field Division in 2017.
SAC Morrow earned a master’s in Professional Studies - Homeland Security from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leaders in Police Organization and leadership training at the U.S. Army War College. He is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and he has held membership in numerous law enforcement and professional associations.
Throughout his career, SAC Morrow has been the recipient of many awards for merit, outstanding service, and investigative excellence from the U.S. Attorney General, ATF, federal and state prosecutors, and law enforcement partners in the United Kingdom, Australia, and throughout the United States.