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On the job: Washington, DC, Postal Police Officer Tyrone Williams

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Postal Police Officer Tyrone Williams helps the Postal Inspection Service protect employees and keep USPS facilities safe.

I’m a Postal Police officer at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. My job is to help secure postal facilities and keep employees safe.

When I report to work in the mornings, the first thing I do is get my assigned weapon and radio. I then report for roll call to learn of any security issues happening at headquarters and receive my duties for the day.

I’m part of a mobile patrol unit that travels to assigned areas in Washington and Northern Virginia for security checks. We visit different Post Offices to ask employees how things are going inside the facility and if they have any concerns. We also check the perimeter and assess any safety issues, such as lighting and unsecured doors.

My contribution to the Postal Service is enforcing the law to ensure the safety of our facilities, but most importantly, our employees. When people come to work and feel as though they are safe, they perform better. I also try to show employees they are valued.

I joined USPS 24 years ago, and I’ve served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. I’ve held a variety of postal jobs, starting as a mail handler, then a letter carrier and tractor trailer driver. I became a Postal Police officer seven years ago.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling at least once a year. I’ve been married to my wife, Brenda, for 37 years. We have a son and daughter who are both serving in the Army. We also have two grandchildren.

I do maintenance around the house in my free time. I plan to retire from the Army at the end of the year, so that will give me even more time for my family.

In three years, I plan to retire from the Postal Service. That’s when I’ll buy a boat and do a lot more golfing.

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