Prior to the change, postal police officers were empowered to conduct patrols in high postal-crime areas, protect postal property and investigate postal crime -- on postal property and offsite. Over the past three years, assaults against postal employees delivering mail has increased by 144%, and mail theft has increased by an alarming 161% over a 12-month period (2021-2022). This acceleration in postal-related crime correlates with the USPS decision to diminish postal police law enforcement authority. Crime data indicates the postal police presence deters postal crime, including assaults against postal employees.
Please urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3005, legislation to clarify and restore the jurisdiction of Postal Police beyond the perimeter of a postal facility, in order to protect postal personnel, USPS assets and U.S. mail.
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In February 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia validated the conclusions reached by a FMCS panel that EAS employees were treated unfairly and in violation of existing law (Section 1004 of Title 39 of the United States Code). Passage of H.R. 594, the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act, would amend Title 39 in two ways: It would accelerate the consultative process to prevent a financially harmful lapse between the periodic results of EAS-pay schedule changes, and it would ensure that the recommendations and decisions rendered by a FMCS fact-finding panel would be binding.
Please urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 594.
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