The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is seeking self-motivated individuals who possess personal integrity, sound judgment, a sense of pride and loyalty, and a desire to be challenged.
Does this describe you?
Keep reading if you…
- Are an American citizen between the ages of 21 and 36, interested in an exciting and rewarding career in federal law enforcement.
- Possess a four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have no felony or domestic violence convictions.
- Are in good physical condition.
- Write and speak English clearly.
- Are willing to relocate.
Who we are…
U.S. Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction in all criminal matters involving the integrity and security of the U.S. Postal Service.
We work with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and are highly respected among our peers.
It’s been a positive, life-changing experience to be part of the Postal Inspection Service family. I work with some of the best people in the law enforcement community and have the autonomy to conduct quality criminal investigations from beginning to end.
Not only have I received some of the best training in the business, I’m compensated with a pay and benefits package equal to or better than other law enforcement agencies.
As national Program Manager of Prohibited Mail during the post-9/11 anthrax incidents, I gave numerous presentations to White House staff and members of Congress, as well as top mailing industry executives. My primary role was to reassure postal customers of the safety and security provided to them by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
It was both exciting and rewarding for me to serve in this capacity during a time of national crisis.
Assistant Inspector in Charge
What we do…
Our mission is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, secure the nation’s mail system, and ensure public trust in the mail.
To accomplish our mission, Postal Inspectors investigate criminal, civil, and administrative violations of postal-related laws, often using forensics and cutting-edge technologies.
How we do it…
A career as a Postal Inspector is not for everyone.
U.S. Postal Inspectors are required to carry firearms, make arrests, provide testimony, serve subpoenas, execute search warrants, and prepare comprehensive reports.
It is essential that Postal Inspectors be in sound physical condition and be capable of performing vigorous physical activities on a sustained basis. Inspectors must be able to make arrests, conduct searches, pursue and restrain suspects, and protect themselves and others from imminent danger.
Postal Inspectors are on call 24/7, work long and irregular hours, and must be willing to relocate.
I’ve executed search warrants in subzero weather and sat in a surveillance van during a record-breaking heat wave. I’ve interviewed witnesses in million-dollar homes and in shacks – all in the same day. I’ve reviewed thousands of documents for a fraud scam. I once responded to a Post Office request for service in my dress and a bulletproof vest.
It’s all in a day’s work as a Postal Inspector.
Los Angeles Division
My job has taken me from Anchorage to Acapulco and from Buffalo to Buenos Aires on a wide variety of investigations, including international child exploitation rings, armed robberies, organized crime, international drug trafficking, identity theft rings, and mail bombs – not to mention international terrorism.
In my opinion, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is
the best job in federal law enforcement.
San Diego Field Office
Competition is intense for the relatively few U.S. Postal Inspector positions.
Successful candidates must receive security clearances and be on duty prior to their 37th birthday.
A career as a Postal Inspector is not for everyone. If you’re one of the few to be selected, you will enjoy a diverse, challenging, and exciting work environment hard to find anywhere else, with plenty of opportunities to advance.
The United States Postal Inspection Service:
Delivering a World of Career Opportunities
For more information on our requirements or to apply,
visit Employment at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.
We value a diverse workforce.
As a new Inspector graduating from Basic Inspector Training at the Career Development Division, I was tasked with following the prime suspect in the largest Federal Reserve heist in our history. I tailed him for 250 miles through rural Alaska, and he never once spotted me. For a girl raised on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, it was a pretty outrageous experience.
I’ve also worked undercover on a variety of investigations, including the largest art fraud investigation in our history. I’ve traveled to places in the United States I never dreamed existed and have met some fascinating and great people through my job. There are simply no limits to what you can experience and achieve as a U.S. Postal Inspector. I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything.
New York Division
I’m a first-generation immigrant who at age 19 began my career in the U.S. Postal Service as a letter-sorter machine operator on the midnight shift. After three months on the job I heard about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. I realized then that I wanted to be a Postal Inspector. So I returned to college to complete my education while working full time in the Postal Service. After getting my degree, I was eventually selected to join one of the premier law enforcement agencies in this country.
Only in America can dreams come true through hard work and perseverance. Thank you, U.S. Postal Inspection Service!
New York Division
For more information about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, call toll-free 1-877-876-2455, or visit our Web site at
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