Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Patrick T. Gorman
Special Agent in Charge 

Patrick GormanMr. Patrick T. Gorman was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Francisco Field Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April 2020. Mr. Gorman is responsible for the oversight of ATF operations in 18 offices across central and northern California and the state of Nevada.

SAC Gorman has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He has held several leadership positions within ATF. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the San Francisco Field Division. There, he directed and managed field operations and investigative activities for multiple criminal enforcement groups and oversaw special agents, task force officers and support staff. Under his leadership, the San Francisco Field Division’s first Crime Gun Enforcement Team was created in Oakland, CA.

Mr. Gorman also led the San Francisco Field Division’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC), which focuses on ATF's eTrace system and National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms.

Mr. Gorman has previously served as the Chief of the Inspection Division for ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations. He has also held the position of Assistant Country Attaché for ATF’s International Affairs Division at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico. Mr. Gorman led the Long Beach Field Office as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) and worked as a Supervisory Special Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Division. In this capacity, he managed special agents who conducted criminal investigations of violent gang members, firearms traffickers, and individuals who committed arson and explosive violations.

Mr. Gorman began his career with ATF as a special agent in Philadelphia, PA. There he worked complex firearms trafficking cases, violent crime and gang investigations, bombings, and arsons, which are the cornerstones of ATF’s mission of ensuring the safety of the public.

SAC Gorman is a native of the greater Philadelphia area. He graduated from Rowan University in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He also obtained his MBA from the University of Southern California. Mr. Gorman began his career in federal law enforcement in 1998 as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.

Last Reviewed March 2, 2021