United States Postal Police

About this Agency

The United States Postal Police is a division of the United States Postal Inspection Service.

The United States Postal Inspection Service mission statement is as follows: to protect the U.S. Postal Service, secure the nation's mail system and ensure public trust in the mail.

The 650 uniformed officers of the United States Postal Police are stationed around the country and responsible for ensuring the safety of critical postal facilities and their employees. The officers also share responsibilities such as escorting high value mail, perimeter security, and other protective duties. In addition to the United States Postal Police, there are more than 1,500 postal inspectors -- they are responsible for "enforcing more than 200 federal laws covering investigations of crimes that adversely affect or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail and postal system."

The United States Postal Police agency was not formed until the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. Before being known as the United States Postal Police, officers were referred to as Security Aides and later Security Police Officers.

Hiring Process and Eligibility

To become a United States Postal Police officer, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. At least 21 years of age
  2. United States citizen
  3. No dishonorable military discharge
  4. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or similar field; or a two year degree with relative work experience
  5. Pass a background investigation
  6. Knowledge of basic computer skills
  7. Completion of all required testing and training including a medical exam, psychological exam, and drug screening

Contact Information

United States Postal Police
Criminal Investigations Service Center
222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250
Chicago, IL 60606-6100