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Over 200 Years of Federal Law Enforcement History Three Topics to Discuss: Mailroom Security: Bio-hazardous Materials and Mail Bombs The Postal Service’s Biological Detection System Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) Mailroom Security: Bio-Hazardous Materials & Mail Bombs

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Over 200 Years of Federal Law Enforcement History


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Three Topics to Discuss:

  • Mailroom Security: Bio-hazardous Materials and Mail Bombs

  • The Postal Service’s Biological Detection System

  • Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP)


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Mailroom Security: Bio-Hazardous Materials & Mail Bombs

From October 13 – November 16, 2001

Nationwide:

Postal Inspectors responded to nearly 20,000 hoax and suspicious substance calls.

The Northeast Division:

Postal Inspectors responded to nearly 1 ,000 hoax and suspicious substance calls.


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Major Facility Coverage

U. S. Postal Inspectors were required to staff each major USPS facility.

The staffing of Postal Inspectors at these facilities played a major role in:

  • calming fears of employees

  • acting as a liaison with responding law enforcement and HAZMAT teams

  • ensuring hoax’s were not perpetrated by USPS employees


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Traditional Investigative Work Stoppage

From October 13th to November 16th

Discontinued all traditional Investigations

Fraud: -Telemarketing

-Insurance Fraud

-Health Care Fraud

Child Sexual Exploitation

Identity Theft

Mail Theft

Narcotics in the Mail

Continued Investigations pertaining to acts of violence


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Mailroom Security Training

Throughout New England, Postal Inspectors conducted 130presentations, to over 5,000 individuals, representing nearly 600 corporations and government offices.

  • The presentation covers Biological Agents, Mail Bombs, Telephone hoax calls and Mailroom Security procedures.

  • Attendees were from U.S. and state political offices, military, government, law enforcement, corporations and universities.

  • Locally, we published the mailroom security guide at web sites of several Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, the Insurance Fraud Bureau, among others.

  • Other organizations, like the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board, made mass distributions to their members.


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How to Get A Copy of the Mailroom Security Guide

  • Access our Web Site At:

    www.usps.com/postalinspectors/

    Then Access our “Publications”

    Look for the “Mail Center Security Guide”

    Publication 106

    Several Other Great Publications and Posters on Identity Theft, etc.


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U. S. Postal Service Biological Detection System (BDS)

Prototype polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Biological Detection System (BDS)


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BDS Alarm Model


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New Ventilation and Filtration Systems


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BDS and Ventilation Costs

  • 1,728 Units Installed

  • At 284 Sites

  • $250 Million Initial Installation Costs

  • $75 – 100 Million Annual Consumable Costs

  • Additional Costs for Response and Investigations


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Recording RetailTransactions

Overall Mail Security Program

Detection & Filtration

350,000Collection Boxes

Detection and Filtration

Collection Boxes

Recording Retail Transaction


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Postal Inspector/US Customs International Mail Project

  • U. S. Customs International

  • Mail Branches (IMBs) at

  • USPS International Service

  • Centers (ISC).

  • Congressional Mandate

  • Joint SOP Development

  • Future Test at JFK

Portal Radiation Detector


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Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP)

  • USPS Operations in Washington, DC

  • USPS Operations in Newark, NJ

  • NYC Church St. Station

  • Hoax Anthrax & Suspicious Substances

  • USPS Employee Deaths

  • One individual died in NYC and one in Connecticut

  • Countless Facility Closures

    What do you do if your operation is shut down ???


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ANTHRAX in the U. S. MAILUSPS Operations in Washington, DC

Communications:

  • USPS alarm monitoring center was transferred to back-up operations.

  • Phone lines and voice mail froze and data was lost.

  • Cellular and digital phones, radios were critical.

  • Log of activities/decisions later proved critical.

  • Communications with HQ, USPS, FBI, DOJ funneled via one control point.

  • COOP plans at off-site or on shared lan/wan drive.


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ANTHRAX in the U. S. MAILUSPS Operations in Washington, DC

Security:

-HAZMAT trained personnel for security

-Offsite storage of spare vehicle keys

-Weapons/Uniforms

-Establish 24/7 site security

-$4 million in USPS remittances

-$190 million stamp stock

-Contaminated Mail

-Evidence/Drugs/CI Files/Funds

-Clean-up Contractor Theft Investigations


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ANTHRAX in the U. S. MAILUSPS Operations in Washington, DC

Office Space:

-Command Center and Continued Office Operations

-Adequate office space, phone and data lines

-Trailers (rest rooms)

Safety:

-Gloves/Masks

-Proper handling of suspect items/storage

-Employee safety


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ANTHRAX in the U. S. MAILUSPS Operations in Washington, DC

Other Issues:

  • News media control and communications

  • Law enforcement liaisons/communications

  • Document profiling program


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Economic Impact on the USPS

USPS & Business Customers: 8% of US GNP


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U. S. Postal Inspection Service Commitment

The U. S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to ensuring:

Safety:

The safety of our employees and customers

Security:

Security of our facilities and products

Integrity:

Of the US Mail


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Telephone Numbers

  • Emergency Contact Number:

    (800) 300-3492

  • For Information on how to become a U. S. Postal Inspector:

    (617) 556-4400


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