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It’s an alarming trend that is happening across the country. Mail carriers are being robbed and people are having their mail stolen. The Postal Inspection Service is the investigative branch of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that looks into these crimes.

  • Postal inspectors are criminal investigators, while postal police officers are uniformed cops, that, as of 2020, protect buildings instead of mail and postal workers, Frank Albergo, president of the Postal Police Officers Association, said.
  • Since the postal police force stopped patrolling, there has been an “explosion in mail theft and attacks on carriers,” he explained.
  • Postal police officers can devote all of their resources to mail theft prevention and the protection of postal employees, unlike regular police officers, Albergo stated.
  • Albergo is hoping the new Congress introduces a mail theft prevention bill that would restore the postal police authority, increase penalties for mail theft and possibly include funds to update technology.

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