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Utah State Mail System
March 24, 2009
Extremely unlikely…but the fear of these materials disrupts operations, incites fear, and often diverts vital first-responder resources.
Postal Inspectors have investigated mail bombs and other criminal use of explosives for more than 150 years
Chicago Tribune December 7, 1859
USPS Poster 84 criminal use of explosives for more than 150 years
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Fictitious criminal use of explosives for more than 150 yearsreturn address
Postmark doesn’t match return address
Distorted handwriting (disguised)
Numerous “fragile” endorsements
Some package bombs are more difficult to detect by appearance alone
What made this a suspicious package? appearance alone
This is anthrax…
(or baBy powder…
Or Corn STARCH)
“This letter seems to be leaking something. What could it be?”
When preparing a mailing: appearance alone
When sending mail: appearance alone
Postal Inspectors conduct a threat assessment based on the characteristics of the substance, the mailpiece, and environmental considerations.
Details of the mailpiece are compared against our database of known mailingsIf a suspicious item is found in the mail or USPS facilities
Attempts are made to contact the sender and/or addressee—often a simple telephone call provides information that leads to resolution of the incident
If a suspicious item is found in the mail or USPS facilitiesIF A SUSPICIOUS ITEM IS IDENTIFIED IN THE MAIL OR USPS FACILITIES:
“That package is from my sister. She’s sending me her famous angel food cake mix.”
Postal Inspector Dangerous Mail SpecialistsDangerous Mail Specialists
Dangerous Mail Specialists have received training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, forensic sampling, improvised explosive device recognition, hazmat and post-blast crime scene processing, and technical use of portable x-ray and field screening equipment.
Screen incoming mail and packages: Specialists
Have a plan, and follow it.
If you receive suspicious mail: Specialists
Numerous manufacturers offer metal detectors and x-ray units designed for packages