MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The president of the Postal Police Officers Association said postal workers are being attacked, and mail is being stolen at unprecedented levels in this country.
“The Postal Service is in peril.” Those words from Frank Albergo, the national president of the Postal Police Officers Association (PPOA), the union that represents uniformed police officers employed by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
He told Action News 5 that postal workers are being attacked and mail is being stolen at unprecedented levels in this country.
We asked USPS for statistics on mail theft crimes in the Mid-South and were told that information is only available through a Freedom of Information Act request, which is a process that requires time.
Donnell McKenzie, the local PPOA representative, talked with CH5 on Wednesday, June 29, to express the union’s frustration with what they’re calling a postal crime wave.
He said his department is short-staffed at a time when USPS expanded its coverage area to include not just West Tennessee, but North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas.