U.S. Postal Inspectors
U.S. Postal Inspectors are law enforcement officials who are tasked with the protection of the U.S. Postal Service, its employees and its customers from criminal attack, and protect the nation’s mail system from criminal misuse. Other responsibilities may include mail fraud, child pornography, homeland security, drug and illegal substances, and more. It is a highly competitive federal position with demanding physical requirements, including a cutoff for application by age 37. The job of the U.S. Postal Inspector may have certain requirements for travel as well as hours outside of a typical 9-5 schedule.
Beyond mail fraud, other jobs tasked to the United States Postal Inspection Service include fake checks, cross-border fraud, Internet and telemarketing fraud and foreign lottery and work-at-home scams. The position of U.S. Postal Inspector may go beyond the idea of inspecting packages for drugs or other illegal materials, but has grown into a full-service position of fighting those who would perpetuate fraud from behind their keyboards or phones.
Becoming a U.S. Postal Inspector is a rigorous process. Beyond the physical requirements, it is mandatory that you have a four-year degree, particularly in law enforcement, as well as experience with foreign languages, computers, the military or the postal service. You must also have no felony convictions on your criminal record and any misdemeanor offenses in domestic violence will automatically disqualify you from the position. The openings for U.S. Postal Inspector positions may be hard to find, as they are only published during “open season” recruitment. Vigilance in applying for these positions is important in order to secure your ability to complete the entire application process.
U.S. Postal Inspectors may not have a typical law enforcement job, but they experience above-normal levels of law enforcement experience as they fight various types of fraud and criminals who use the U.S. Postal Service to bring illegal substances and materials into the country. The physical, experience and education requirements needed by U.S. Postal Inspectors define the impact of this job and the safety it provides to all citizens.