GUEST POST: Corey Ray on WGAE’s 2-day workshop with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Corey RayThe Writers Guild of America, East will host ATF at WGAE: An in-depth 2-day workshop with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on May 14th and 15th.  Corey Ray, Deputy Chief of the ATF’s Public Affairs Division, has written a guest blog post about what WGA members will learn at this program.

By Corey Ray

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

ATF is heavily invested in fighting crime on a number of levels. Our research labs locate the smallest of identifiers on firearms and explosive devices. Our canine teams cover fire sites and crime scenes to locate crucial evidence.  Our agents work tirelessly to apprehend armed violent offenders and career criminals, violent gangs, and domestic and international arms traffickers. It’s a focused of delivering a specialized set of federal resources aimed at assisting law enforcement partners and removing violent offenders off the street.

ATF has worked with media outlets, journalists, production companies and writers of all backgrounds to share the unique perspective of our special agents and investigators on crime and justice. ATF has become a key partner in numerous crime-fighting initiatives, due mostly to the wide-ranging involvement in public safety strategies, and the ATF story is featured frequently across all media spectrums.

And it’s a great story to tell. ATF cases involve domestic and international crimes often involving the worst of the worst. In this two day session, ATF’s contributing panel of expert will highlight the work involved to track down murderers, gang leaders and gun traffickers.  Speakers will showcase resources, training and case work that led to major takedowns of criminals and criminal organizations. And attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of how these investigations and apprehensions took place.  Real cases will be highlighted by the men and women who worked to investigate and take down criminals and criminal organizations.