Police Officer

Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 13, 2023
Sep 20, 2023
Full Time

This is an open continuous announcement. Applicants will be reviewed throughout the open period of the announcement.
The first cut-off date for consideration of applicants will be July 31, 2023. Thereafter, the cut-off for applications received will be September 27, 2023 and October 31, 2023 until the job opportunity announcement closes.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice
, under this recruitment, applications will be accepted for each location and/or installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

This position is being filled under Direct Hire Authority (DHA) in accordance with Section 9902(b)(2) of Title 5 U.S. Code.

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

Positions support the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center (Arlington Virginia). Incumbents will be assigned to the National Capital Region Division (Alexandria, Virginia), which falls under the responsibility of PFPA.

Incumbents typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Enforce local, state, and Federal laws and regulations, and enforce DoD policies and regulations relating to law enforcement.
  • Physically protect designated facilities (buildings and grounds), employees, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of law, rules, and regulations.
  • Perform protective services, security, and access control for the Pentagon and other buildings in the National Capital region occupied by PFPA employees, government equipment, and property.
  • Make arrests, prepare reports and testify in court.
  • Interact with legal counsel and coordinate with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license from the jurisdiction where he or she resides
  • Must meet requirements of "Lautenberg Agreement" which outline rules regarding carrying of firearms
  • Must qualify monthly, quarterly, and/or bi-annually, as applicable, with assigned weapon(s)
  • This position is subject to recall 24/7 and the employee is required to work shifts; days off vary
  • Must be in a constant state of physical readiness and must be capable of demonstrating maximum physical exertion without warning
  • Incumbent is subject to medical screening to determine if any condition impacts his/her movement, agility, flexibility, strength, dexterity, coordination, or the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction efficiently
  • Incumbent is subject to a vision screening
  • This position requires the incumbent to successfully complete a specialized law enforcement training provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
  • Retention in this position is contingent upon the successful completion and passing of all agency-training requirements
  • This position requires the incumbent to pass the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST). The POST will test your knowledge of basic math, reading, writing and grammar
  • This position requires that the incumbent passes the Physical Ability Test (PAT)


Conditions of Employment (continued)
  • The employee assigned to this position is designated as a MISSION ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE. Mission essential employees may be required to report for, or remain at, work in dismissal or closure situations due to adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, or other emergency situations (e.g., building closure due to power outage) causing disruptions of government operations, and are required to maintain contact with their supervisor during any dismissal or closure situation unless specifically excused by their supervisor.
  • This position is identified as a covered position under the PFPA Civilian Mobility Program, Regulation 1400.24, effective September 28, 2015. This position requires that the candidate must sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment. PFPA may relocate covered positions and covered employees in permanent changes of duty station between PFPA duty locations in the National Capital Region; Raven Rock Mountain Complex (Adams County, Pennsylvania); Glynco, Georgia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania or Baltimore, Maryland and potentially other locations to improve mission effectiveness or enhance individual career progression
  • As a police officer representing PFPA, it is essential that the employee present a professional and competent image, with a clean, neatly pressed uniform or attire. Safety and effective performance require a well-groomed and tidy appearance, proper decorum and appropriate responses
  • This position requires the incumbent to take and pass an annual PFPA medical and physical fitness examinations; to carry and qualify with PFPA service issued firearms twice a year; to wear personal protective equipment, i.e., ballistic vest, etc.; and to pass all designated PFPA certification programs, which includes training and qualifying to deal with an "active shooter"

For qualifications determinations, it is recommended that applicants include their months and hours worked per week for each employment listed on their resume. If a determination is not able to be made about the length of your creditable experience for qualification requirements, you will be removed from consideration.

Read more about what should I include in my federal resume? at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/

The Police Series, 0083, has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR).

You may qualify at the AD-05 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

A. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least AD-04 or GS equivalent level that demonstrates knowledge of a body of basic or commonly used laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and operating methods and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force, in the military, in loss prevention, or as a security officer at airports, buildings, and structures.
B. Completion of at least four years of education above the high school level leading to a bachelor's degree in police science or a comparable degree program related to police work. Such education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. (Transcripts will be used to verify education)
C. A combination of specialized experience as described in letter A above and post high school education as described in letter B above that totals 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours can be credited under this response. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience).

You may qualify at the AD-06 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least AD-05 or GS equivalent level that demonstrates knowledge of a body of standardized rules, methods, procedures, and operating techniques that requires considerable training and experience to perform a range of operations in preventing or resolving offenses. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized law enforcement experience in:
1) Enforcing law and order (Federal, State, County or Local), preserving peace, and protecting life and civil rights (and property); and,
2) monitoring or patrolling designated area to preserve law and order; and,
3) responding to emergency or routine calls for service from the general public.

You may qualify at the AD-07 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least AD-06 or GS equivalent level , performing work that demonstrates knowledge of a body of standardized, optional, and innovative investigative procedures, techniques, and methods to detect, investigate, and resolve crimes and other incidents. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in law enforcement:
1) Preventing, detecting and investigating criminal acts; and,
2) gathering facts or evidence to prepare detailed reports; and,
3) performing access control and search of property to admit individuals into a controlled area.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

All qualifications and education requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

The Washington Headquarters Service is currently operating under an approved reengineered Priority Placement Program (PPP) pilot for all positions in its serviced workforce. This pilot is application based and current PPP registrants who are registered for activity codes 293A and 295A (regardless of the location) are required to apply to the job announcement via USAJobs in order to exercise their priority placement status. This pilot permits priority candidates to be assessed with other competitive applicants. Anyone claiming priority status must provide a copy of their PPP registration and supporting documentation (e.g. RIF notice, Sponsor's PCS orders, Certification of Expected Separation) at the time of application to verify priority placement and eligibility.

Other priority consideration programs will continue under their current operating procedures.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

You must provide sufficient documentation of your education in your resume. You are required to provide a copy of transcripts or degrees in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your applicable course listing in your resume (course number, credits earned, etc.). Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment.

Additional information

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Washington Headquarters Services uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application. Please view the following link for information on how to obtain an alternative application https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?%20title=Alternate_Application_Information

Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/
  • https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/
  • https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities https://www.usajobs.gov/
  • Interchange Agreements https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Types-of-Appointments
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. /www.esd.whs.mil/DD/DoD-Issuances/140025/

Current or Former Political Appointees: Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

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