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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

December 18, 2009

ATF-BJA Fellows Complete Six-Month Program at Headquarters

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Acting Director James H. Burch, II, of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), presented certificates of accomplishment to the two law enforcement officers who have just completed the ATF/BJA Police Executive Fellowship Program (PEFP) at ATF headquarters. Sgt. Daniel M. Fay, with the Cleveland (Ohio) Division of Police, and Sgt. Kevin Baggs, with the City of Mesa (Ariz.) Police Department participated in the six-month PEFP in Washington that began in June 2009.

The Police Executive Fellowship Program highlights the importance of ‘cross pollination’ and the sharing of concepts and ideas among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, said Melson. ATF learns from the fellows and they, in turn, are exposed to our national laboratories and training center as we build relationships.

PEFP is a six-month fellowship program that provides opportunities for state and local law enforcement officials to gain expertise in areas that improve information sharing among state, local and federal agencies. Fellows serve on three-month rotational assignments at ATF and BJA headquarters and work in areas that deal with federal law enforcement policy, operations and training. During the program, fellows offer state and local perspectives and gain a greater understanding of the work of their federal counterparts. When they return to their agencies, they take with them new information and ideas that will not only aid their state and local agencies, but federal law enforcement agencies as well.

PEFP candidates must submit an “Application to Participate in the ATF/BJA Police Executive Fellowship Program” and a “Nomination of Law Enforcement Officer” form. Both forms are available from the special agents in charge at ATF field divisions.

For additional information regarding PEFP, please contact ATF at (202) 648-8379 or (202) 648-8376.

More information on ATF and its programs is at


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From left to right: ATF Deputy Director Kenneth Melson; Sgt. Kevin Baggs; Sgt. Daniel Fay; BJA Acting Director James H. Burch II.