The Inspectors

The Inspectors

If you haven’t tuned in to “The Inspectors” recently, you’re missing out. The 30-minute CBS daytime drama features Postal Inspectors tackling consumer fraud and other postal crimes based on real case files.

The storyline and educational content complement each other and create a unique program that both engages and informs viewers.

To watch the next episode of “The Inspectors” this Saturday, check your local CBS station listing.

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“The Inspectors” Debuts Tomorrow

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“The Inspectors,” a new CBS dramatic series about the Postal Inspection Service’s efforts to fight crime and protect the mail, will debut Saturday, Oct. 3. Most stations will air it at 10:30 a.m., although times may vary.

The half-hour show aims to educate viewers on how to guard themselves from identity theft, email scams and other mail crimes.

The series stars Jessica Lundy and Terry Serpico as Inspectors Amanda Wainwright and Mitch Ohlmeyer. Other characters include Amanda’s teenage son Preston (Bret Green), an intern in the crime lab, and Georgia Darby (Charmin Lee), a forensics expert.

Each episode will conclude with a crime-prevention message from Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, similar to the messages Efrem Zimbalist Jr. delivered on the 1960s series “The F.B.I.”

Preview videos from “The Inspectors” are available on the show’s Twitter feed.

Eatonville Post Office dedicated to park ranger

Margaret Anderson’s parents Paul and Dorothy Kritsch on the left with Congressman Dave Reichert, second from the right, and Acting Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus, right, with the plaque dedicating the Eatonville, WA, Post Office in honor of Anderson.

Margaret Anderson’s parents Paul and Dorothy Kritsch on the left with Congressman Dave Reichert, second from the right, and Acting Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus, right, with the plaque dedicating the Eatonville, WA, Post Office in honor of Anderson.

The Eatonville, WA, Post Office was dedicated recently to honor National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson who was killed on duty in Mount Rainer National Park.

A public ceremony was held at the post office with Anderson’s parents in attendance, Washington Eighth District Congressman Dave Reichert, who sponsored the legislation to authorize the dedication, and numerous people from the National Parks. A plaque was set at the post office placing Anderson’s name on the building.

Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect in the park on Jan. 1, 2012. She had set up a traffic block to intercept a vehicle that failed to stop at a chain-up checkpoint in the park. Unbeknownst to Anderson, the suspect was wanted in connection to a shooting the previous day where four people were wounded. The suspect opened fire on Anderson, killing her, and then fled on foot into the woods. He was found dead the following day in the park.

Vehicle Cameras Could Capture More Than License Plates

Vehicle cameras

Around the country, police are outfitting their cruisers with a new piece of equipment to help fight crime. Cameras capable of scanning the license plates of vehicles that enter their field of vision are growing in numbers every year. While police cruiser cameras augment the array of fixed-position cameras in various cities, there are many license plates moving about that they can’t catch. That number could be significantly reduced if these cities were to harness the fleet of government vehicles that visit every street, every day.

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology has been around for decades, though its use was limited in its early years of life due to the low data processing capabilities of computers at the time. As computing technology became more advanced in recent years, ANPR use has expanded rapidly across the globe. License plate cameras have been used to successfully track criminal activity in cities across the U.S., leading to many arrests. Data obtained from the cameras can also assist in tracking and locating those responsible in future crimes, with some police units retaining license plate information indefinitely.

While data obtained from license plate cameras is extensive, it’s not comprehensive. That could change if cities enlisted the aid of postal vehicles. For a fee, cities could be permitted to mount special cameras on postal vehicles, allowing for expanded area coverage wherever they frequent. The potential venture could have the symbiotic benefit of significantly expanding license plate data reviewed by police while also bringing in additional source of revenue for the Postal Service.

Do you think postal vehicles could be used as mobile camera platforms to help police fight crime?

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