The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is talking about the safety training they give to mail carries, after two postal letter carriers were robbed last week. The incidents happened within an hour of each other on January 31, in the High Point Trail area and near the intersection of Tubbman Way and Clarissa Street, both in Rochester. Investigators say suspects stole postal equipment from the letter carriers. The letter carriers were not injured.
The U.S. Postal Inspector Public Information Officer sent us the following statement regarding the recent robberies:
“Postal Inspectors investigate all reports of threats, assaults, and robberies. Inspectors work closely with state and local law enforcement to solve these crimes and quickly identify external parties. Protecting the Postal Service and its employees is the core mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; therefore, robbery investigations receive the highest level of response and attention. Postal Inspectors work closely with federal prosecutors to seek the highest possible sentence upon conviction.
The likelihood of postal employees being robbed while on duty is small, but unfortunately it does happen. New employees receive basic orientation regarding security issues and strategies to protect themselves and the mail. Postal Inspectors developed a program called “Safe and Secure”, which focuses on continuing employee education and prevention efforts through talks, presentations, and training videos to help employees prevent robberies, assaults, and theft from postal vehicles and facilities.
Postal Inspectors educate employees to avoid situations that pose a special risk to them or to the security of the mail whenever possible. For example, if a letter carrier believes they are being followed, they should immediately move to a safe location to dial 911 and report the incident. They should also report the incident to their supervisor (who will contact U.S. Postal Inspectors). Inspectors also encourage employees to take preventative measures to avoid becoming a target such as locking their vehicles, parking in well-lit, high-traffic areas, and carrying as little cash as possible. These tips help prevent the theft of mail or the carrier’s own possessions.”
US Postal Inspector/PIO
They ask anyone with information to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at: 877-876-2455.
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