Fact Sheet - Frontline
ATF concentrates its enforcement efforts in the following four areas: illegal firearms trafficking, arson, explosives and criminal groups and gangs.
ATF has established agency-wide standards for assessing the violent crime environment in an area, and annually directs resources at the field division and headquarters levels to maximize impact of ATF on reducing violent crime and protecting the public.
Protecting the American people from violent crime is a core priority of the Department of Justice (DOJ). ATF concentrates its enforcement efforts in the following four areas: firearms trafficking, arson, explosives and criminal groups and gangs.
Intelligence-led policing within ATF is a collaborative effort, with information being analyzed from multiple sources such as the National Tracing Center, Violent Crime Analysis Branch, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, state and local agencies, criminal histories, the debriefing of confidential informants, and more. The goal of intelligence-led policing is to enhance proactive investigative efforts and the positive outcomes of law enforcement actions toward reducing crime and protecting the community against a variety of threats.
ATF uses various resources and tactics to analyze criminal environments to assist in the development of strategies needed to reduce violent crime in those areas. Frontline Enhanced Enforcement Initiatives (EEI) are used in areas experiencing disproportionate or sharply escalating levels of violent crime. The goal of EEI is to impact violent crime by establishing and implementing a comprehensive and integrated strategy through law enforcement partnerships that will reduce violent crime and the related fear and intimidation in a given area. ATF and its law enforcement partners target those in and associated with criminal groups, gangs and loosely confederated individuals who use firearms in furtherance of violent criminal acts.
Most of the Frontline business model modifications are internal, but it has an external component as well: The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP). This initiative allows law enforcement agencies to cooperate through unified efforts and deconfliction to stem the flow of crime guns, and investigate and prosecute the people who use them to commit violent crimes. Through the VCRP, law enforcement leaders coordinate missions, strategies, tactics and intelligence to effectively prioritize and maximize the impact on violent crime.