The ATF Division of Denver works to service the state of Wyoming from its regional ATF satellite offices. The Denver Field Division Office services the States of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana extending north to the Canadian border. Local satellite offices in Wyoming include:
- The Cheyenne Field Office
- Cheyenne Satellite Office of Industry Operations
- The Lander Satellite office
In a collaborative effort with local law enforcement, ATF agents in Wyoming are on the front line in the fight against violent crime, working to protect national interests while improving the quality of life within Wyoming communities.
Methamphetamine use, manufacturing, sale and distribution have impacted Wyoming communities in recent years. In fact, the rate of drug-induced deaths in Wyoming is considerably higher than the national average. ATF agents in Wyoming collaborate with local law enforcement in investigative operations designed to uncover meth labs and put a stop to the violent criminal enterprises that distribute this deadly drug.
Still – investigations of this sort are secondary for ATF agents in Wyoming whose top concern is preventing federal offenses involving unlawful use, possession, and manufacture of firearms, and explosives; illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products; and acts of arson and bombings.
ATF Special Agent Requirements in Wyoming
ATF special agent job candidates must meet certain base requirements:
- U.S. Citizen
- Valid Driver’s License
To be eligible for the entry-level position of GL-05, candidates must possess the qualifying experience and/or the education as described here:
Education: Candidates must have completed a four-year course of study in any field, which resulted in earning a bachelor’s degree.
Experience: Candidates must have three years of experience, one-year experience that is equal to at least a GL-4, that exhibits their ability to work in law enforcement or criminal investigative fields, and which require knowledge of laws relating to criminal violations.
Combination of Experience and Education: Education and experience can be combined in order to meet the minimum qualifications to become an ATF Agent. Education and Experience should be represented by percentages of the overall requirements and equal to 100% when combined. Example: three years of Experience, 18 months experience (50% of the experience requirement) plus completion of a two-year course study (50% of the education requirement) is equal to 100% of the qualifying requirements for a GL-5 level position.
In preparation for application, candidates must complete and pass an ATF Agent Exam, an ATF Agent assessment test, and an ATF Pre-Employment physical task test. Upon successful completion, all candidates will be required to complete a successful field panel interview.
CITP and SABT Special Agent Training Courses
ATF Agents new to the job in Wyoming must participate in a two-part training regime. The first part, the Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP) lasts 12 weeks. For candidates who have previously completed their CITP training with other federal agencies, a waiver may be allowed. This training portion must be completed successfully in order to secure employment.
The second part, Special Agent Basic Training (SABT) lasts 15 weeks and helps to provide agents with a solid, strong foundation in the skills needed out in the field. SABT must be completed successfully for agents to secure employment.
ATF National Response Team in Partnership with Local Police and Fire Departments
Agents from the Cheyenne Field Office are enthusiastic about investigating all claims of federal violations relating to explosives, illicit firearms, arson, tobacco and alcohol. In arson-related crimes, the ATF National Response Team (NRT) may be activated to investigate. NRT was activated to investigate a motel fire at the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming. With an estimated loss in excess of $2 million, arson was suspected.
Working in partnership with the Cheyenne Fire Department and the Cheyenne Police Department, agents fully processed the scene and conducted multiple interviews with witnesses. The information received was reviewed and analyzed to help determine a cause and origin of the fire. While the investigation is still considered ongoing, it has been ruled an arson. Regional Wyoming ATF agents continue to work with regional law enforcement to help bring the individual or individuals responsible to justice.
NRT was developed by the ATF to assist with Federal, State and Local investigations and help meet the challenges faced at the scene in cases of significant arson and explosives.