National Postal Museum Exhibit: Behind the Badge

“Behind the Badge”

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has opened a new exhibit “Behind the Badge” showcasing the fascinating history of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

jcb-001_8x10The Postal Inspection Service is one of the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies, dating back to 1776.  Then USPS Postmaster General Benjamin wanted to measure the efficiency and security of mail routes. Today there is a network of U.S. postal inspectors whose job it is to keep the mail safe and help protect consumers and prevent crime.

The exhibit is interactive and has many interesting artifacts on display and videos where inspectors, forensic analysts and postal police officers share stories of their lives “behind the badge”.  At the close of the exhibit is a video commemorating fallen heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Below is a link to a series of videos designed to keep postal customers informed about scams and how to protect yourself.  Make sure to watch the first video “We are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service”!

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge/videos.html

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