US Postal Inspector Job Description & Career Outlook

US Postal Inspector Job Description

US Postal Inspectors generally are involved in examining cases or allegations of criminal wrongdoing that involve the sending or receiving of mail using the United States Postal Service programs. They may interview potential perpetrators, perform analysis of strings of deliveries or receipts to create patterns of wrongdoing, or work with other federal, state and local agencies to develop more evidence for a given case. Unlike other federal law enforcement positions, the training for United States postal inspectors is a separate program in Maryland, and testing is different from other federal agencies as well.

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US Postal Inspector Requirements and Common Tasks

US Postal Inspector job requirements are similar to those of police detectives and inspectors at all levels of government. That includes surveillance of prospective perpetrators, evidence gathering and analysis and interviewing witnesses and attempting to obtain confessions. Unlike some state or local detectives, postal inspectors are also involved in homeland security issues, and may be involved in tasks related to counter-terrorism such as pattern analysis and identifying potential examples of terrorist activity. And like Secret Service agencies, inspectors in the United States Postal Service also may be asked to investigate and spearhead anti-fraud efforts that involve the use of mail services.

US Postal Inspector Salary, Job Outlook and Employers

Unlike some other federal jobs, US postal inspector jobs are only with the United States Postal Service, and while they are trained in similar fashion in Potomac, Maryland, they also receive specialized training. All entry-level postal inspector candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, be at least 21, and either have previous USPS experience, military or law enforcement experience, or mastery of a foreign language. A US postal inspector’s salary is based on the General Schedule pay scale which can be found at the US Office of Personnel Management. Postal inspectors have the opportunity to move through the ranks in the USPS, and may also take positions in law enforcement.

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