More than mailmen with guns

"The Inspection Service is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country and has a reputation for quality investigations," explains U.S. Postal Inspector Lawrence Dukes Jr. "Inspectors get to work a variety of investigations, specializing in...


"If the mail was used in the commission of a crime or a crime involves postal service employees, we really have no restriction on what we can be involved in," says Dukes. "I believe our mission is unique. The United States Postal Inspection Service has a long, proud, and successful history of fighting criminals who attack our nation's postal system and misuse it to defraud, endanger, or otherwise threaten the American public. As the primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a highly specialized, professional organization performing investigative and security functions essential to a stable and sound postal system." Postal inspectors are definitely not just mailmen with guns.

Michelle Perin has been a freelance writer since 2000 and writes two monthly columns for Officer.com. Perin worked for the Phoenix (Ariz.) Police Department for almost eight years. In December 2010, she earned her master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana State University. Currently, Perin works as the administrative coordinator at a residential psychiatric facility for children. In her spare time she enjoys working as the fundraising coordinator for the Lane Area Ferret Shelter & Rescue, playing her bass and raising her two sons in a small town in Oregon.
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