Postal Inspection Service

Postal inspector handcuffs a suspect
Postal inspector handcuffs a suspect.
Postal inspector handcuffs a suspect.
The vast postal network makes it easy to share goods and services. But easy access also makes the postal system a target for abuse. The Postal Inspection Service investigates and responds to criminal activity that involves the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. mail.

Postal Police Officer and Postal Inspector badges
Postal Police Officer and Postal Inspector badges
Postal Police Officer and Postal Inspector badges
Each year postal inspectors:
  • Educate 123 million customers about fraud prevention
  • Handle nearly 115,000 reports of suspected fraud
  • Arrest 1,500 people for mail fraud
  • Arrest 3,000 people for mail theft
  • Arrest 2,500 suspects for drug trafficking and money laundering through the mail
  • Arrest 300 people for assaults and threats to postal employees
  • Investigate 200 robberies and burglaries of post offices
  • Help nearly 50,000 crime victims

We Are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service


“We Are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service” highlights the men and women of law enforcement who specialize in protecting the American public, the mail, and the Postal Service. Produced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.