Robert Cekada was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Miami Field Division in January 2020. As the Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Cekada oversees all ATF criminal enforcement and regulatory operations in 21 offices located across southern Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Special Agents under Mr. Cekada’s leadership focus investigations on violent criminal organizations, illegal use of firearms, firearms trafficking, criminal arson and explosive incidents, and more. Additionally, industry operations investigators (IOIs) under his leadership oversee the inspection of over 990 federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and over 84 federal explosives licensees/permittees (FELs) within the Miami Field Division area of responsibility.
Mr. Cekada was appointed to his current position after serving as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the ATF Baltimore Field Division from 2018-2020, where he oversaw all ATF criminal enforcement and regulatory operations in Maryland and Delaware. Prior to that assignment, he served as the assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the ATF Philadelphia Field Division from 2017 to 2018, and as the resident agent in charge (RAC) of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force North in the ATF Miami Field Division from late 2014 to 2017.
Mr. Cekada began his career with ATF as a Special Agent in the ATF Baltimore Field Division’s Hyattsville II Field Office, working on the Regional Area Gang Enforcement (RAGE) Task Force from 2005 to 2011. He then moved on to the ATF Tampa Field Division for another two years of service as a special agent. Beginning in 2013, he served at ATF Headquarters in Washington D.C. in the Office of Field Operations, first as a special agent project officer with the Firearms Operations Division’s Frontline Branch throughout 2013, and then as a program manager serving as a special assistant to senior leaders for the majority of 2014.
Prior to joining ATF, Mr. Cekada served as a local law enforcement officer with two agencies. From 1992-2000, he was a police officer with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), later promoted to detective, he was assigned to the Housing Bureau, Citywide Anti-Gang Enforcement unit (CAGE) and the Street Crime Unit (SCU), focusing his efforts on gun violence attributed to gang activity. Mr. Cekada then joined the City of Plantation Police Department in Broward County, Florida, where he served from 2001-2005, and worked with the Patrol Division and the SWAT Team.
Mr. Cekada studied Criminal Justice at the John Jay College in New York City, New York. In April 2019, Mr. Cekada became a member of the National Crime Gun Intelligence (CGI) Governing Board. He is also a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the Fraternal Order of Police, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, and the New York City Police Department Honor Legion. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of many awards for merit, outstanding service, and investigative excellence from ATF, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FLEOA, NYPD, City of Plantation Police Department, and more.