Police Officer

Washington D.C.
Nov 03, 2016
Jul 03, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, its legislative processes, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption or terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

As the United States Capitol Police:

We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the people who carry out the process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action;
Every American who visits the Capitol, as well as those visitors from around the world, is a member of our protected community and sees first-hand how we are the best of America's spirit and diversity;

As a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all 50 states and the U.S. territories. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, and we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential;

We act on the world stage every day of the year as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capabilities, and homeland security. As ambassadors of the Congress, we are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that is reflective of the Legislative Branch and its role in America's democracy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required to attend FLETC training in Glynco, GA

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and meet position age requirements.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Successful completion of a full field background investigation required.
  • Polygraph, medical assessment, criminal, credit and tax check required.
  • Travel for pre-employment assessments and training is applicant's expense.
  • Must show evidence of responsible driving in the last three years.
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon funding availability.
  • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • This position may require shift work.
  • Candidates must meet the following to be minimally qualified for this position:

    Valid Driver?s License - Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver?s license that is not revoked or under suspension for three (3) years. You must also be a proficient driver. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle at high speeds, through an obstacle course, in inclement weather and at times of darkness.

    Education - A High School diploma or a GED certificate is required.

    Age Requirements - You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 37 at the time of appointment. You may be older than age 37 at the time of appointment if you are presently serving or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement position subject to mandatory retirement rules and your years of law enforcement service plus prospective years of service with the USCP will allow you to accumulate at least 20 years of combined service by age 57. Sworn officer positions with the USCP are subject to the mandatory retirement provisions of the Capitol Police Retirement Act which requires officers to separate from the USCP by age 57.

    U.S. Citizenship - Only United States Citizens will receive consideration. Qualified applicants will be required to provide proof of citizenship early in the selection process.

    Criminal History Check - A comprehensive criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants. USCP Officers are required to possess a firearm and ammunition. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition and are ineligible for the position.

    Credit Check- Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any federally guaranteed student loans.

    Selective Service - Verification of registration with the Selective Service System; or exemption from the Selective Service System registration as a female or because of age or military status. https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Check-a-Registration/Verification-Form

    Fingerprint Check - Your fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

    Background Investigation - Successfully complete all components of the United States Capitol Police full field background investigation.

    Selected applicants will be further evaluated for suitability and may be invited to an Assessment Center in the Washington, DC area. The Assessment Center will consist of the following components and you will be required to bring a valid U.S. driver's license with you for identification:

    • Orientation Session - An overview of the mission of the United States Capitol Police and the specialty assignments and employment opportunities.
    • Written Exam - The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered to qualified applicants. The POST will test your knowledge of basic math, reading, and grammar. You must obtain a passing score of at least 70 in each section to receive further consideration under this vacancy announcement.
    • Physical Readiness Test (PRT) - Due to the strenuous nature of the USCP officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen qualified applicants for entry-level Police Officer positions. You will be required to pass the PRT in order to receive further consideration under this vacancy announcement. You must complete and submit the PRT medical forms. For a complete description of the PRT and to view the required medical forms, please visit our website at http://www.uscp.gov/police-officer-selection-process.
    • Pre-employment Interview - A personal interview will be conducted to review, confirm, and clarify the information you have submitted and to determine suitability for the position of Police Officer.

    Qualified applicants may be required to submit medical forms completed by a physician. Forms are available at: http://www.uscp.gov/police-officer-selection-process

    Relocation expenses and expenses related to travel or incidentals for any phase of the selection process are the responsibility of the candidate.

    Applicants must provide all requested documents during the next phase of the selection process by established timeframes to receive consideration.

    Travel to Cheltenham, Maryland; Brunswick, Georgia; and Washington, DC, will be required for training at applicant's expense.

    Applicants must successfully complete all steps of the selection process to move forward for further consideration. Failure to do so may cause the applicant to become ineligible for this position.

    Please note that providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.


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