• Project Title:
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service National Forensic Laboratory Services
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • March 2020

The Postal Inspection Service maintains a National Forensic Laboratory, which has forensic scientists, analysts, and contractors assisting postal inspectors in identifying, apprehending, prosecuting, and convicting individuals responsible for postal-related crimes. The forensic team conducts analysis of questioned documents, fingerprints, DNA, narcotics, physical evidence, and digital evidence that support investigations and meet prosecution standards. 

The OIG is reviewing how the National Forensic Laboratory safeguards and packages evidence, and we would like to hear about your experience in the area.

  • What practices or guidelines do other federal agencies’ laboratory services follow for safeguarding and packaging evidence?
  • Have you experienced any issues with tracking your packages sending from and/or to the National Forensic Laboratory?
  • Have you experienced any issues with the packing materials?
  • What are some issues you have experienced working with law enforcement laboratories?

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  • anon

    I have not had any complications from this part of the postal system, to my knowledge. I just find it very interesting to know that the investigation service that is used is forensic and I had absolutely no idea it got that far in depth, I thought these investigations were turned over to the law enforcement officers, but, I am becoming aware that they are very limited in these areas. Thank you for all you all do to stop the wrong things from going through our mailing system.

    Oct 02, 2019
  • anon

    Ms. Brenton, thank you for your comment.

    Oct 08, 2019
  • anon

    All I can say with certainty was when the lab was located in a federal building in Manhattan, it was the preeminent crime lab in the country. Many outside of the postal service used the expertise of the crime lab and in typical post office fashion; what works can not be permitted so it was closed. I can hope that the crime lab in it's current location will be doing as fine a job as the one did at 90 Church St.

    Oct 02, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, the OIG appreciates your comment regarding the National Forensic Laboratory Services project.

    Oct 08, 2019
  • anon

    There is no problem related any USPS employee. The point of this inquiry is to investigate and find any solution to my problem and the person who is sending the mail thru USPS services and facilities. Located in Miami Dade County in Florida. This is a criminal issue committed by someone who is sending letter to another address and those people who are receiving the letters are filing court criminal charges against me stating that I am the responsible of this letters. I want to clarify and find out who and where this letters are being sent. I have been 4 times in jail because of this. I am desperate and I want to find solution and conduct and investigation with my lawyer from where, Processing Center the letters are sent. PLEASE, I need help from USPS authorities. I don't know what else to do or where else to go. I have been 3 years dealing with this problem and I am tired. I have proved my innocence in many ways, many investigation. The last one is this one. Find the processing center from letters are sent. The judge and state prosecutor have made a lot of investigation and they have not found any charges or anything that I am the author of that letters. i AM NOT THE PERSON OR AUTHOR OF THAT LETTERS !!!. I AM INNOCENCE, Please, help!!!!., PLEASE HELP , PLEASE!!!.

    Sep 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, this issue falls outside of the jurisdiction of our office. As the Office of Inspector General (OIG), our role is to investigate waste, theft, fraud, and abuse within the Postal Service through our audits and investigations. Please contact the Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office (www.usps.com/help/welcome.htm or 1-800-222-1811) and they will be able to assist you.

    Oct 08, 2019

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