Postal Police Say They’ve Been Sidelined Amid the Rise of Mail Theft

But Sepulveda’s role and that of hundreds of other Postal Police Officers changed when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that by law the jurisdiction of the officers is limited to postal service facilities.

In a statement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service told NBC6 that “clarification concerning the jurisdiction of Postal Police Officers (PPOs) was received in 2017 and messaged out to PPOs and PPO management through 2018 and 2019. The Postal Inspection Service deemed it necessary to provide further guidance on the role of PPOs in a written communication in August 2020.”

“If a criminal knows that there’s no longer going to be an officer present within the proximity of certain areas, they’re going to target more victims,” Sepulveda said.


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“What are they doing?” asked Frank Albergo, president of the Postal Police Officer’s Association. “The Postal Service has a uniformed police force. They should use it, and they should be forced to explain why they aren’t using it!” Mr. Albergo, the US Postal Inspection Service is using the postal police as designed. Postal Police were created to be an additional security force to protect Postal Employees and Postal Property. The US Postal Inspection Service expanded their role by having them given full police powers for postal property. The postal police are not equipped to do the work of criminal investigators… Read more »

Postal Inspector “Max Steele,” wouldn’t your time be better spent actually trying to catch a mail thief than posting constant and factually deficient–if not idiotic–posts on a postal news website?