About The Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a law enforcement
organization within the United States Department of Justice with unique responsibilities dedicated to protecting the public
and reducing violent crime. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations regarding explosives and arson: Accelerant and Explosives
Detecting Canines; Certified Explosives Specialist Program; Certified Fire Investigator Program; Criminal Investigative Analysis;
Explosives Enforcement Officers; Explosives Industry Programs Branch; Explosives Research and Development; International Response
Team; National Response Team; Relief of Explosives Disabilities; and, U.S. Bomb Data Center.
According to the ATF, “The Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department
of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation. The men and women of ATF
perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries.
We are committed to working directly, and through partnerships, to investigate and reduce crime involving firearms and explosives,
acts of arson, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products.
ATF is the premier laboratory in the
world in the combined areas of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, and fire debris analysis. Our dedication to this is
evident in the Mission, Vision, and Values statements created by our staff in 1992. The Office of Laboratory Services is also
proud of the important part it plays in supporting the Bureau's strategic goals of reducing violent crime and protecting
the public. Congressional funding of a new National Laboratory Center in suburban Maryland recognized our success. The new
$135 million Laboratory was dedicated on June 16, 2003. The National Laboratory Center also contains a unique fire testing
facility. This facility is designed to support fire investigations by allowing our fire scientists to recreate the fire under
controlled conditions. In FY 2006, 86 fire investigation cases were processed.”