United States postal police officers, also known as postal inspectors, are federal agents working in law enforcement to investigate crimes against the United States Postal Service. Here's what you need to know to become a postal police inspector.
- Eligibility Postal Inspectors must be American citizens between 21 and 36.5 years old. Candidates may not have a criminal record, and must have a valid driver's license [source: United States Postal Inspection Service].
- Responsibilities A postal inspector's responsibilities include carrying a weapon, arresting suspects, executing search warrants, and pursuing and restraining suspects [source: United States Postal Inspection Service].
- Ability to coordinate with other agencies The Postal Inspection Service often works closely with other government agencies. For example, postal police officers may work with other law enforcement agencies when pursuing those who perpetrate mail fraud. [source: United States Department of Justice]
- Additional skills Additional skills, also called special knowledge, can boost your chances at being hired as a postal inspector. These include foreign language skills, postal experience and specialized non-postal experience (e.g. military service, law degree, computer expertise, bioterrorism investigation experience, etc.).
Are you interested? Then here's how to become a United States postal inspector.
- Earn a bachelor's degree. Postal police officer applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree [source: United States Postal Inspection Service].
- Check the United States Postal Inspection Service website, and see if there are any positions available. If there are, fill out an online application.
- Take an entrance examination. If your application is accepted you'll be invited to take this exam.
- Undergo a medical examination. If your test scores are sufficiently high, you will be asked to submit to a physical examination.
- Attend the Basic Inspector Training program. After passing all the preliminary steps, you'll be able to start your training. [source: United States Postal Inspection Service]
Upon completing your training you'll be a postal police officer.