Postal Inspector

Handle cases involving the U.S. Postal Service.

What does a Postal Inspector do?

A Postal Inspector is a federal Law Enforcement Agent assigned to the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Inspector has jurisdiction over all criminal matters involving the security of the U.S. Postal Service, and is treated as a Police Officer in many respects. Working with Police Officers, FBI Agents, and the Postmaster General, the Postal Inspector holds a highly respected position.

As a Postal Inspector, you’re likely to work in an office environment (like the post office), but in some cases, you may hit the streets to investigate a crime. Using your background in English, communications, criminal justice, and psychology, you solve mysteries and crimes involving the mail.

For example, when a high-profile company executive receives a suspicious package in the mail, authorities are likely to be called in. After you determine that the package contains a harmful substance, your job as Postal Inspector begins. You begin digging up information about the sender, the package, and its intent. All of the information you collect is used in court to prosecute the parties involved in using the mail system to commit a crime.

Like other law enforcement workers, you’re expected to be in top physical condition to perform your duties. You may walk, run, jog, climb, and bend several times throughout your day, all requiring physical strength and stamina.

Postal Inspectors are required to carry firearms and make arrests, which means a clean criminal history is mandatory. You must also think critically and understand directions as you execute search warrants and follow federal guidelines. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required as well, since you’re often called to provide testimony in court and write detailed reports about your activities.