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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and established on August 7, 1775, the Inspection Service is one of the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies.
Postal Inspectors in partnership with AARP promoted "Operation Protect Veterans" to raise awareness about scams that are targeted toward military veterans.
first female agents hired
In 1971 the Postal Inspection Service became one of the first federal law enforcement organizations to hire female agents.
During 2018, there were 10 national mail screening events, including the Super Bowl. More than 26,000 mailpieces and private courier deliveries were screened at the events, heightening safety and security for all.
Postal Inspectors educate the American public about scams and how to avoid them. A weekly TV series, The Inspectors, is based on real-life cases. This innovative program reaches 1 million viewers weekly.
physical evidence items
Forensic scientists and specialists examined 275,000 physical evidence items at the Postal Inspection Service's state-of-the-art National Forensic Laboratory, leading to 862 suspects identified.
Postal Inspectors conducted 12 investigations of the use of mail to exploit children and made 16 arrests.
Postal Inspectors investigated 673 reported threats and assaults against postal employees during 2018. They made 269 arrests that resulted in 187 convictions.
The Postal Inspection Service seized 1,815 assets worth $71.2 million, with 85 percent of seizures from illegal narcotics and related proceeds. It made 2,321 arrests for illegal-narcotics related cases.
suspicious mail incidents
Postal Inspectors responded to and investigated 2,555 suspicious mail incidents in 2018.
Postal Inspectors in 2018 recovered misappropriated or stolen mail transport equipment worth $800,000.
federal laws enforced
Security. U.S. Mail is protected by more than 200 federal laws enforced by the Postal Inspection Service, one of the nation's oldest law enforcement agencies.
In 2018 Postal Inspectors reported 5,969 arrests and 4,648 convictions related to postal crimes, primarily those involving mail theft, mail fraud and prohibited mailings..
The Eagle Logo, the trade dress of USPS packaging, the Letter Carrier Uniform and the Postal Truck and the following word marks are among the many trademarks owned by the United States Postal Service®:
Certified Mail®, Click-N-Ship®, Every Door Direct Mail®, Express Mail®, First-Class™, First-Class Mail®, Forever®, Global Express Guaranteed®, gopost®, Intelligent Mail®, Metro Post®, Parcel Select®, PO Box™, Post Office™, PostalOne!®, Postal Police®, Postal Service™, Premium Forwarding Service® , Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail Flat Rate®, Priority Mail International®, Priority: You®, Registered Mail™, Return For Good®, Standard Mail®, The Postal Store®, United States Postal Inspection Service®, United States Postal Service®, U.S. Mail®, U.S. Postal Inspector®, U.S. Postal Service®, USPS®, USPS BlueEarth®, USPS Mobile®, USPS Tracking®, USPS.COM®, ZIP + 4®, and ZIP Code™. This is not a comprehensive list of all Postal Service trademarks.
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