2400 strong, working to keep you safe.

Learn about who we are, what we do, and how you can join us.


Our mission is to support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail.



What We Do

Enforcing 200+ Statutes, Every Day.

Our goal is to keep the American public safe. We enforce more than 200 federal laws and investigate any crime that involves the mail. Specially trained Postal Inspectors develop cases and prevent crime while protecting the American public. Postal Police Officers ensure the security of high-value deliveries, property, and postal buildings. Joining our fight is a team of talented and dedicated Professional, Technical, and Administrative staff.

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How We Do It

A Specialized Agency, Focused on Our Goal.

Postal Inspectors work tirelessly to protect the mail while building cases against anyone who misuses it. Postal Inspectors and Postal Inspection Service staff gather information, collect and analyze evidence, and build cases. Assisting with this mission are other law enforcement partners who help pursue cases and the U.S. Attorneys’ offices and local prosecutors who help bring criminals to justice.

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Watching Over Our Nation Since 1775.

As one of our country’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies, founded by Benjamin Franklin, we have a proud history of fighting criminals who attack the postal system and misuse it to defraud, endanger, or otherwise threaten the American public.

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Gary R. Barksdale Chief Postal Inspector

In his role, Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale oversees all operations of the Postal Inspection Service. Prior to his appointment, Chief Barksdale served three years as Deputy Chief Inspector at National Headquarters where he was instrumental in leading the agency’s strategic planning and its responses to critical incidents; driving its strategies to enhance drug interdictions; and representing the Postal Inspection Service before Congress.

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Ready to answer the call?

Explore our application and requirements to learn how you can join our mission.

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