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It's in the Mail

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2006
3 pages
This article discusses new technologies developed and utilized by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in the detection of anthrax.
After the anthrax attacks in 2001, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service developed a biohazard detection system for the U.S. Postal Service. The system sounds an alarm if anthrax is detected. In addition, the Service ordered 35 specially equipped SUV response vehicles. The vehicles are strategically deployed for use in all 50 States to transport field screening and response equipment to place reporting suspicious substance in the mail. The vehicles are four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Suburbans with large gasoline engines, a towing package, and heavy-duty suspension. They have storage and work areas, the ability to run alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) from the back of the vehicle, as well as other modifications. They are equipped with hazardous materials protective equipment and more. As a law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, it is the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s responsibility to respond to threats in the mail, such as anthrax recognizing the need to enhance capabilities to minimize the effect on postal operations and safeguard the public.
Date Published: January 1, 2006