Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, canine handlers, auditors, technicians, legal counsel and support staff. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. The Special Agents of the Philadelphia Field Division combat firearm violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gangs and gun traffickers. In order to accomplish this mission, we work in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Explosives and arson enforcement are an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division special agents combat arson and explosive-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads. Also, ATF provides post-blast training for local investigators and bomb technicians. ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industry. The Industry Operations Investigators work to ensure that all firearms are stored, handled and accounted for in a safe manner according to law. Investigators conduct periodic inspections of firearms and explosives licensees. ATF Industry Investigators play an integral part in preventing domestic and international firearms trafficking.
We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. If community members have information regarding any violent criminal activity in this region, do not hesitate to contact the Philadelphia Division at (215) 446-7800.
Matthew P. Varisco