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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2013

Contact: Special Agent Steven Bartholomew

Public Information Officer

(215) 446-7808

New Leader Named for ATF Pennsylvania

Essam Rabadi to Lead the ATF Philadelphia Field Dibision in Fight Against Violent Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Acting Director B. Todd Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced that Essam Rabadi has been named as the Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division in January 2013. Mr. Rabadi has assumed his new leadership post in Philadelphia on May 1st.

As the senior executive for the ATF Philadelphia Field Division, Mr. Rabadi has overall operational oversight of 14 ATF field offices located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The offices include, the arson and explosives criminal enforcement groups, located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, that are specifically tasked with conducting investigations throughout the State related to criminal bombings, explosives incidents, and large–scale commercial fires. Collectively, the ATF offices employ a variety of law enforcement programs and industry regulatory strategies to protect communities throughout Pennsylvania from violent criminals, criminal organizations, acts of arson and criminal bombings, and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms.

I am eager to continue collaborating with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, the firearms and explosives industries, and with community groups, throughout Pennsylvania to drive down violent crime and promote public safety. said Rabadi. ATF remains dedicated to identifying, targeting, and investigating violent criminals who prey upon innocent citizens and lessen the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Mr. Rabadi is a native of Yonkers, New York where he began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Yonkers Police Department. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, and a Masters degree in Industrial Psychology. In 1989, his federal public service career started as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service in New York City. In 1992, Mr. Rabadi joined ATF as a Special Agent in New York, assigned to the ATF/New York Police Department Joint Firearms Task Force, investigating armed violent offenders.

In 1998, he transferred to ATF National Headquarters, and after being promoted in 1999 to Supervisory Special Agent, he oversaw the national Gang Resistance Education and Training program, a school–based program for middle school children that focuses on gang and gun violence prevention.

In 2000, Mr. Rabadi transferred to the Philadelphia Field Division where he supervised ATF’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force in Philadelphia. Then in 2005 he became the Resident Agent in Charge of the ATF/New Jersey State Police Firearms Task Force in Trenton, New Jersey. As commander of the task force, he developed the NJ Trace project, an intelligence–led firearms trafficking program. The NJ Trace project was subsequently expanded and piloted in four other states and currently serves as a significant firearms enforcement strategy for ATF offices in the northeast region of the country.

In January of 2010, Mr. Rabadi was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Philadelphia Field Division where he supervised criminal enforcement field offices throughout the State of Pennsylvania, to include multiple offices located in the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the summer of 2012, he served as the Operation Commander of the Philadelphia Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP). The VCRP is a comprehensive strategy, in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department, that is intelligence–led and investigative–driven to address spiking firearms violence in targeted police districts in the city of Philadelphia.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rabadi was assigned to supervise the Firearms Division at the ATF National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. since October 2012. As Division Chief, he managed ATF’s national firearms programs, to include key programs such as the nation–wide violent crime reduction initiatives and the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network program – an automated ballistic imaging system that aids investigators by using digital images of fired cartridge casings and projectiles to link multiple violent crimes involving firearms and to subsequently identify shooters.

As the agency head in Pennsylvania, Mr. Rabadi brings 24 years of considerable law enforcement knowledge and experience to the Philadelphia Field Division. His thorough familiarity of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metropolitan regions will benefit him in overseeing enforcement operations and industry regulation activities of special agents, industry operations investigators, administrative staff, and task force officers, throughout Pennsylvania, in continued efforts to fight violent crime.