Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Close up photo of Special Agent in Charge John Durastanti in front of the American flagJohn Durastanti is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Phoenix Field Division.  In this position, Mr. Durastanti oversees ATF’s criminal and regulatory operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico.  Mr. Durastanti started his law enforcement career in Ohio as a patrol officer with a local police department, began his Federal law enforcement career with the United States Marshals Service in 1996, and transitioned to ATF in 1998.


Prior to selection as SAC, Mr. Durastanti was the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII).  As the DAD of OSII, Mr. Durastanti led seven divisions, including the Spartan Program Management Division (NextGen case management system/Agile Development Project), Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, United States Bomb Data Center, Criminal Intelligence Division, Operational Intelligence Division, International Affairs Division, and the Intelligence Information Support Division.


Mr. Durastanti has served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Washington Field Division, and led a team that created the Regional Washington/Baltimore Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) in partnership with the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  In 2014, Mr. Durastanti also served as the ASAC of the Chicago Field Division where he played an integral part in the development of ATF’s Violent Crime Reduction and Firearms Trafficking Strategy for the Chicago Field Division. 


Mr Durastanti has served in ATF Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Division, and was responsible for overseeing ATF’s Special Response Team Program, Operational Medic Program, Crisis Negotiations Program, DOJ’s Emergency Support Function #13, the Polygraph Branch, and ATF’s Use of Force training program.  Mr. Durastanti also served as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Falls Church Field Office, Special Agent in Charge of the Critical Incident Management Branch, and the Division Tactical Advisor/Firearms Instructor Coordinator for the Kansas City Field Division. 


Mr. Durastanti holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University and a Master of Professional Studies in Safety and Security Leadership from The George Washington University.  Mr. Durastanti was also a former member of ATF’s Special Response Team (SRT), ATF’s Operational Medic Program and has taught at the ATF National Academy and at the SRT Basic School.

Last Reviewed August 7, 2017