In 1971 female agents were hired

1971

first female agents hired

In 1971 the Postal Inspection Service became one of the first federal law enforcement organizations to hire female agents.

* | Tags: Inspection Service USPS Fact #327 | February 20, 2018

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From the widely known — Postal Inspectors made sure the priceless Hope Diamond was delivered safely through the mail — to the proudly notable — in 1971 the Postal Inspection Service became one of the first federal law enforcement organizations to hire female agents — our history reflects the history of law enforcement in our nation.

Postal Inspectors have investigated consumer fraud schemes such as foreign lotteries/sweepstakes scams, fake charities, insider traders on Wall Street, worldwide art fraud rings and crooked televangelists. In recent years, the Postal Inspection Service has played an integral role in terrorist investigations, including the Unabomber, and ricin and anthrax cases.

For additional information, visit the Postal Inspection Service’s history page.