Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Image of Special Agent in Charge Peter ForcelliPeter J. Forcelli began serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division in November, 2016. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. His previous assignment was Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division. Mr. Forcelli has been employed by ATF since June, 2001. He served his first six years with ATF as a special agent assigned to the New York Field Division, where he worked extensively on the investigation of armed criminal gangs, homicides, home invasion organizations, and continuing criminal enterprises with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. In 2007, Mr. Forcelli was promoted to a supervisory position in Phoenix, where he oversaw the operations of Phoenix Group I and the Yuma Satellite Office. He served there for five years, managing numerous international firearms trafficking investigations and overseeing a number of successful violent crime initiatives.
Mr. Forcelli also worked briefly as a Program Manager in in ATF Headquarters serving in both the Inspections Division and in the Firearms Operations Division’s Criminal Groups and Gangs Branch. He was later assigned to the International Affairs Division as ATF’s Assistant Attaché to Toronto where he oversaw ATF’s operations in the Eastern Provinces of Canada.
In 2014, Mr. Forcelli was promoted and became the Chief of ATF’s Leadership and Professional Development Division, which consists of the Advanced Training Programs Branch (ATPB), the Leadership Institute (LI) and the Professional and Technical Training Branch (PTTB). There he led the redesign of ATF’s "Special Agent- On-The-Job Training Program" along several of ATF’s leadership development and advanced training courses.
Prior to his work with ATF, Mr. Forcelli was a decorated homicide detective with the New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) who was twice awarded the Medal of Valor. Mr. Forcelli retired from the N.Y.P.D. after 15 years of service. He is a survivor of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center. Mr. Forcelli is recognized in U.S. Federal courts as an expert witness with regards to the investigation of armed home invasion robberies. He is also recognized in New York State Courts as an expert witness in interviewing and identification techniques. Mr. Forcelli is certified as a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. He is also a member of several professional organizations, to include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (FLEOA), the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Florida Police Chiefs’ Association and the N.Y.P.D.’s Honor Legion.
Mr. Forcelli is a Bronx, New York native. He is married and is the proud father of two members of the U.S. Armed Forces. His daughter serves as a Specialist in the U.S. Army’s intelligence community and his son serves as a Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Last Reviewed May 30, 2017