Mail theft complaints skyrocket while postal service cuts back postal police

CLEVELAND — At the same time postal customers are being charged more to mail letters and packages, complaints of mail theft are skyrocketing while postal police are being ordered to stop investigating.

Our investigation into customer complaints of missing and stolen mail revealed nearly 300,000 complaints in a recent 12-month period—a whopping 161 percent increase over the year before. Yet the postal service has ordered postal police to stop patrol duties they say help safeguard the nation’s mail and letter carriers—instead confining them to post office properties.

Frank Albergo, President of the Postal Police Association, says it’s a rising problem and that postal police have long been an effective crime fighting tool in preventing mail theft. “I mean, people aren’t going to see a postal police officer and say hey—I think I’m going to rob this letter carrier or steal this tray of mail,” he said.


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Cut back policing and law enforcement and crime rises. Who knew?

Let me add a previous comment from one of Frank Albergo’s other PR Blitz’s that goes into further detail. Frank Albergo, Police Union President, is on a PR Blitz to make Postal Police look like crime fighters who are being held back and this is the cause of the increase in violent postal crimes in the USA. The postal police are effectively security guards with police powers granted to them on postal property. Frank and his Postal Police are desperately trying to gain 20 year law enforcement retirement via a congressional bill.  Currently the postal police do not meet the definition… Read more »

Since we’re striving for truth, “Postal Inspector Max Steele,” I doubt that ANY of these same descriptors would apply to the FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, etc.: The US Attorney, as stated in ROBERT NIGG; KEITH LEWIS, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE regarding POSTAL INSPECTORS: *The overwhelming majority of a Postal Inspector’s time is spent working at a desk or in an office setting or otherwise performing non-manual work in the field. *Postal Inspectors are authorized to make arrests and execute search warrants but do not generally perform these duties on a daily or even weekly basis.… Read more »