Joseph Riehl is the new leader of the San Francisco Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), ATF announced in a recent release.
As the new special agent in charge, Riehl will manage ATF’s investigative activities in the central and northern regions of California and Nevada.
“Our priority is to focus on impacting violent crime and making our neighborhoods safer by identifying and arresting violent offenders,” Riehl said. “We will renew partnerships and forge new working relationships with law enforcement at all levels of government as well as with community leaders and key stakeholders in California and Nevada.”
Riehl began his career as an ATF special agent in 1987 when he served as a criminal investigator in the Miami Field Division. While there, he investigated notable cases including a fatal bombing and a serial arsonist in the southeast region, ATF said.
He later served as a project officer in the Firearms Enforcement Division and as an explosives training manager in the Office of Training and Professional Development at ATF Headquarters. Reihl was then promoted to resident agent in charge in the Providence, Rhode Island, Field Office, where he was responsible for overseeing special agents who conducted various criminal investigations.
During his career at ATF, Riehl also served as assistant special agent in charge of the Baltimore Field Division, Chief of the Arson and Explosives Programs Division at ATF Headquarters and deputy director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Virginia.