USPS employee shot during attempted carjacking

Tuesday, June 12th 2018, 4:39 pm EDTTuesday, June 12th 2018, 10:28 pm EDTBy StaffConnect

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A postal service worker in Memphis was shot Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The shooting happened around 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of Overton Crossing Street and Frayser Boulevard.

USPS said a supervisor was on the way to help a mail carrier who had broken down when he became the victim of an attempted carjacking. The injured supervisor was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

The shooter(s) drove off in a silver Acura TL.

“It is a random event. We haven’t seen anything like this in Memphis,” Postal Inspector Gregory Newberry said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation into the motive, but it is rather unusual.”

USPS is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminal(s).

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USPS OIG: What can be done to get carriers off the street by 5/6 pm?

September 18, 2017

Who doesn’t like finding a package they ordered online on their doorstep at an unexpected time, like, say, late in the evening just before you turn out the porch light for the night?

Consumers have come to expect quick delivery of parcels, often at odd hours of the day. This new paradigm comes at a cost, however. For the U.S. Postal Service, it means their city carriers and non-career city carrier assistants (CCAs) are delivering packages after the targeted return time of 6:00 p.m. Returning late from their routes raises safety concerns — especially when it gets dark earlier —  and overtime costs.

Few are complaining about the ecommerce explosion, mind you. It’s driving a growth in parcels — even as lettermail volumes decline. This package boom, along with a downsizing of the Postal Service workforce and evolving customer needs, have led to changes in the network and delivery. Furthermore, a wide range of variables, such as weather, employee absences, or new carriers to a route, can affect delivery on a daily basis.

All of this poses challenges for the Postal Service in meeting its goal of 95 percent of letter carriers being off the street by 5 p.m. and 100 percent by 6 p.m. Our recent audit of the Bay Valley (CA) District — in the heart of the nation’s ecommerce hub — found that carriers and CCAs fell short of the 100 percent goal by 6 p.m. In calendar year 2016, only 75 percent of carriers returned to the office by 6 p.m., our report said.

Bay Valley certainly is seeing the effects of ecommerce activity, as well as Sunday package delivery, and grocery delivery service: The district had a 16 percent growth in package volume in calendar year 2016 over the previous year, topping 101 million packages. In some areas, package deliveries now regularly occur early in the morning and as late as 10 p.m.

We found a mix of underlying reasons for missing the targeted return time: Insufficient staffing, late or improper mail arrival, inaccurate route adjustments, and insufficient supervision. The Postal Service agreed with our recommendations to improve the underlying conditions.

We welcome your suggestions as well. What more could be done to get carriers off the streets on time? Given all the variables that can affect the ability to complete deliveries by the targeted time, what additional precautions could be taken to enhance carrier safety?

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USPS reminds employees what to do in an active shooter situation

September 14, 2017

To help mark National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service is reminding employees what to do in an “active shooter” situation.

USPS is not aware of any specific threats against the organization.

An active shooter is anyone who kills or attempts to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically using firearms. Active shooters can be anyone.

Individuals who find themselves in an active shooter situation should remember these guidelines:

• Call out. Communicate the threat to everyone by shouting, phoning and texting “Shooter in the building, escape now!” or “Active shooter, run!” Call 911 when it’s safe to do so.

• Get out. Have an escape route and plan that can accommodate people with disabilities. Leave your belongings behind. Keep your hands visible when law enforcement arrives. Don’t wait for approval to move quickly out of the area.

• Hide out. If you can’t escape, hide in an area out of the shooter’s sight. Lock doors and block entry to the hiding place. Silence cell phones and all electronics. When it’s safe, get out.

• Take out. If your life is in danger and you have no way to escape or hide, incapacitate or overpower the shooter by whatever means necessary as a last resort.

If you have questions about these guidelines, call the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

The USPS National Preparedness site has tips for other emergencies, while the Employee Assistance Program site offers additional resources.

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Surprising Conclusion Of New USPS Inspector General Report; “Billoins Served” At Nation’s Post Offices

September 12, 2017

At a time when mail volume continues to drop precariously and stamp sales are slumping, the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General has produced a report with a surprising number.

The new report says there are far more people visiting the nation’s 30,000 post offices than the Postal Service’s official estimates indicate.

In a white paper published Sept. 11, the inspector general says it believes 2.7 billion people visited the Postal Service’s retail outlets in fiscal 2016, a number more than triple the USPS official estimate of 877 million.

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