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Fact Sheet - Frontline

March, 2016
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Fast Facts

  1. ATF is the primary component within DOJ devoted to reducing violent crime and concentrates its enforcement efforts in the following four areas: illegal firearms trafficking, criminal groups and gangs, arson and explosives.

  2. ATF uses various resources and tactics to analyze criminal environments in an effort to develop the strategies needed to reduce violent crime.

  3. ATF has established agency-wide standards for assessing an area’s violent crime environment, and annually directs field and headquarters’ resources to maximize ATF’s impact 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 is the primary component within DOJ devoted to reducing violent crime and concentrates its enforcement efforts in the following four areas: illegal firearms trafficking, criminal groups and gangs, arson and explosives.

Frontline is ATF’s intelligence-driven business model.  Frontline uses evidence-based analysis to strategically guide ATF’s law enforcement and regulatory operations, ensuring that ATF’s limited resources are effectively focused on its mission to reduce violent crime involving firearms, explosives and arson. ATF has established agency-wide standards for assessing an area’s violent crime environment, and annually directs field and headquarters’ resources to maximize ATF’s impact on reducing violent crime and protecting the public.

Intelligence-led policing within ATF is a collaborative effort. Intelligence is 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 others. 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 in an effort to develop the 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 an EEI is to impact violent crime by establishing and implementing a comprehensive and integrated strategy through law enforcement partnerships to reduce violent crime and the related fear and intimidation in a given area. ATF and its 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 Frontline’s business model modifications are internal, but it has an external component as well: the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP). VCRP allows law enforcement agencies to cooperate through deconfliction and unity of effort 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.

 

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