Postal Police: The Law Enforcement Division of the USPS
If you think that a postal service career only translates to mail sorting and handling jobs then you’re dead wrong. The USPS also has its own law enforcement division called the US Postal Inspection Service (https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/default.aspx). It goes as far back as Benjamin Franklin who founded the postal police to ensure that mail moves unobstructed and so that illegal materials will not find its way into the postal channels.
Congress has mandated the postal police to "investigate postal offenses and civil matters relating to the Postal Service." As such, their job includes protection of USPS employees against assaults and threats; ensuring that deadly mail containing bombs and biochemical weapons, among others, do not reach its intended target; and upholding the Federal statutes that relate to the desertion, obstruction, delay, and even the destruction of mail.
The postal police are also tasked with the investigation of burglaries that occur in the postal service. They also combat child pornography and other crimes that use mail to take advantage of and exploit children. They also see to it that obscene and lascivious mailings are curbed. The US Postal Inspection Service also combats the transportation and distribution of controlled substances.
Postal police also combat against electronic fraud and identity theft. They fight against thieves who might use mail or the Internet to defraud individuals and even steal their credit card numbers. This includes those who perpetrate scams related to healthcare, insurance, investments, and other types of consumer fraud using the US Postal Service. In addition to these, the postal police also inspect money laundering, embezzlement, extortion, and workers compensation fraud allegations.
Like other law enforcement personnel, postal inspectors also have police powers. That means that they can make arrests and serve warrants and subpoenas.
If you want to become a postal police officer, you must be an American citizen aged between 21 to 36.5 years old. You should not have a criminal record and should have a valid driver’s license as well. You should also hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree. To increase your chances of getting hired as a postal inspector, having special knowledge helps. These include having foreign language skills, postal experience, military service, a law degree, computer knowledge and expertise, and law enforcement experience.
If your application gets accepted, you will be asked to take an entrance exam and you earn high scores on this test, you will be asked to undergo a medical examination. Once you have passed all the pre-screening steps, you will attend the Basic Inspector Training Program. Upon completion of your training, you will be a full-fledged postal police officer.