Ashan M. Benedict was selected and began serving as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in October 2016. He is responsible for ATF operations throughout the entire State of New York. SAC Benedict is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).
ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U. S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries to protect against crime, violence, and other threats to public safety.
Prior to his appointment as the head of the New York Field Division, SAC Benedict was an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the Los Angeles Field Division, where he was responsible for ATF operations throughout the City of Los Angeles and the Counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino, CA. He previously served as an ASAC in the Baltimore Field Division, overseeing ATF operations in the City of Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
SAC Benedict, a 22-year federal law enforcement veteran, began his ATF career in 1998 as a special agent assigned to ATF’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in Washington, DC. As a street agent he investigated armed drug trafficking groups, armed robberies of commercial businesses, armed carjacking, gang-related racketeering murder and firearms trafficking offenses. He also served as a tactical operator on ATF’s Special Response Team (SRT) assigned to the teams in Los Angeles, CA, and Washington, DC. SAC Benedict began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department’s IRS – Criminal Investigation Division, stationed in Southern California and New York City Field Offices.
SAC Benedict served as a first line supervisor for 6 ½ years beginning with his appointment in June 2005 as SAC of the Technical Operations Branch, Special Operations Division, overseeing the bureau’s covert surveillance equipment programs, including a multi-million dollar budget. SAC Benedict served as a resident agent in charge (RAC) in the Washington Field Division from 2007-2011 prior to his promotion to ASAC. SAC Benedict conducted a second tour in ATF National Headquarters as a Chief in the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs and the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations.
SAC Benedict was involved in ATF’s response and investigation of several notable events and incidents, including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon; the Beltway Sniper investigation; ATF’s response and support to New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina; the Washington, DC Navy Yard active shooter, and the San Bernardino, CA, mass shooting terrorist attack in December 2015.
SAC Benedict is a New York City native and grew up in the Bronx and Yonkers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fordham University, and is also a graduate of the Asian American Government Executive Network’s SES Development Program. He and his wife, ATF Special Agent Katherine Benedict, have three children.