Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Phillip Bates is assigned to Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of the Phoenix Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In his role he oversees the investigation of matters of domestic terrorism (DT), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Special Events, and the Special Agent Bomb Technician program.
SSA Bates joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 2008 and was assigned to Seattle’s Everett Resident Agency. In 2013 he transferred to the Phoenix Division. He has fulfilled multiple Joint Terrorism Task Force assignments investigating both domestic and international terrorism in the Seattle and Phoenix Divisions.
In 2014, SSA Bates promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), Investigations and Operations Section. In that role at FBI Headquarters he oversaw WMD investigations in the western United States and Asia before returning to Phoenix in 2016 to serve as the primary WMD Coordinator. In 2018 he promoted to SSA with the Phoenix JTTF. Among other awards and recognitions, SSA was a 2017 recipient of the FBI Medal of Excellence.
SSA Bates has been in law enforcement for eighteen years beginning in 2002 with the City of Mesa Arizona Police Department (PD). While at Mesa PD, he served as a Patrol Officer, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), and as a Detective.
SSA Bates graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He graduated in 2012 from Norwich University with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree. SSA Bates has a love of teaching and has had the privilege of conducting training on behalf of the FBI across the United States and with partner countries around the world.