FLEOA Calls for Support for USPS Law Enforcement

FLEOA Calls for Critical Support for US Postal Service Law Enforcement 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), today issued the following statement regarding the urgent need to support the US Postal Service and its law enforcement agencies, including the US Postal Inspection Service, Postal Police, and the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As enshrined in our Constitution, the U.S. Postal Service has always and continues to provide an essential service to all Americans. They perform their mission regardless of hardships, even pandemics. This duty includes work by the Postal Service’s law enforcement components- the Postal Inspection Service, the Postal Police, and the Inspector General. These components all work to ensure federal laws are enforced so the postal system is safe for every American," said President Cosme.

"Although Congress has passed three COVID-19 pandemic response bills, one critical entity in desperate need of urgent help that has yet to receive aid is the U.S. Postal Service. Despite the rhetoric and unlike their commercial counterparts, the Postal Service does not have a choice of what it does or when it does it. The Postal Service works on federal mandate and survives due to the overarching patriotism of its employees," said Cosme. "Reports have indicated that at least 500 of the Postal Service's 600,000 person workforce have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least 19 have died from complications stemming from the disease. As the pandemic continues and the Postal Service continues to serve the American people, these statistics will only increase."

"While Postal employees perform their constitutionally essential mission, the brave law enforcement officers of the Postal Inspection Service, Postal Police, and Office of Inspector General are also still on the job, keeping the postal system safe and fighting back against crime. That includes fighting back against rampant COVID- 19 related fraud with state and local counterparts on a newly established COVID-19 Fraud Task Force,” Cosme explained.

Cosme continued, "To do this important mission, these brave federal law enforcement officers need to be funded adequately. That funding needs to be immediately available and cover the costs of the Postal Service’s operations during this crisis. Since our nation has provided direct funding to other critical industries including airlines, corporations, and small business, there is no reason for it to not do so for the Postal Service as well."

"While we understand there are lingering concerns about the Postal Service’s operational capacity, those legacy issues are largely the product of burdensome Congressional mandates and regulations. Until Congress releases the postal service from those onerous regulations, which private competitors do not have, Congress bears the responsibility to support the postal service and ensure its success in serving the American people," said Cosme.

Cosme concluded, "As the hazards of the COVID-19 response and the impact on our nation’s first responders continue to expand for the foreseeable future, Congress is obligated to support the Postal Service and its law enforcement operations. That support is necessary to ensure the dedicated employees serving within the Postal Service can continue to do what is necessary to beat this pandemic and keep all Americans safe."

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.