The Office of Firearms and Tactical Programs (OFTP) ensures that ICE agency personnel have the necessary firearms, protective equipment and training to complete their jobs.
OFTP assists ICE by providing personnel with firearms, intermediate force weapons, protective equipment, training, guidance, as well as tactical and logistical support. The unit increases safety and improves the tactical proficiency of the armed workforce, while maintaining accountability for property.
Mr. Bert Medina was appointed as the Director, ICE Office of Firearms and Tactical Programs (OFTP) in November 2006. The Director, OFTP, is responsible for managing national firearms and use of force programs within ICE. This includes policy development, firearms and defensive tactics instructor training, specialized firearms training, acquisition, issuance, maintenance, storage and accountability of firearms, body armor and related items. OFTP has office locations in Fort Benning, Georgia, Altoona, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., and has personnel assigned in support of ICE and CBP Academy functions at Glynco, Georgia, Artesia, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Medina served as the Assistant Director, OFTP Tactical Operations Branch, Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Acting Assistant Director, OFTP Armory Operations Branch, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Medina has over 28 years of federal service. He began his career in March 1985 as a Special Agent with the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In 1989 he became a US Customs Special Agent assigned to the Office of the Special Agent in Charge in Miami, Florida were he worked investigations that included cargo crimes, international money laundering, narcotics smuggling and assignments in support of undercover operations. In 1993 he took an assignment with the National Firearms Program Staff, Fort Benning, Georgia. Mr. Medina has a Bachelor's in Science degree in business administration from the University of Louisville, in Louisville Kentucky.