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Can postal cops patrol street crime? USPS says no, but union says yes.

June 8, 2023
Postal Police

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DeJoy’s plan “to crack down on mail theft” and “enhance employee safety” dismayed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) at a May 17 House Government and Accountability subcommittee hearing. Raskin said the plan is “baffling to me” and “very light on proactive protection for letter carriers.” The nationwide plan includes installing 12,000 high-security blue mailboxes and electronic locks on 49,000 mail receptacles.

Why, Raskin asked, “has the Postal Service continued to prevent Postal Police Officers from doing their jobs … by traveling to wherever the problem is taking place?”

DeJoy responded, “I don’t have the authority to patrol the streets. And they haven’t done that in the past …. We don’t have the legal authority to do that.”

He’s wrong about past practice and that’s not exactly what a federal district court found about his authority.

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