The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. The USCP protects and secures Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure, and open environment.
We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, the people who carry out the legislative process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action. Every American who visits the Capitol-as well as visitors from around the world-become part of our protected community. They see the USCP first-hand as the best of America's spirit and diversity.
As a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representing 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, believing that inclusiveness makes our workplace stronger. The USCP respects each individual as a person and as a professional.
The USCP acts on the world stage every day as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capability, and homeland security. We are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that reflects the Legislative Branch and its role in America's democracy.
- Occasional Travel
- Travel is required to attend training at Cheltenham, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.
Candidates must meet the following requirements to be minimally qualified for this position:
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.
Age Requirements-Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 37 at the time of appointment.
- Sworn officer positions with the USCP are subject to the mandatory retirement provisions of the Capitol Police Retirement Act which require officers to separate/retire from the USCP by age 57.
- As a result of the mandatory retirement requirement, you may be older than age 37 at the time of appointment only if you are currently serving in-or you previously served in-a Federal civilian law enforcement position that is subject to the mandatory retirement (by age 57) rules AND the years of law enforcement you already served PLUS the prospective/expected years of USCP law enforcement service will allow you to accumulate at least 20 years of combined total Federal law enforcement service by age 57.
Valid Driver's License-Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license that has not been revoked or under suspension for the past three (3) years.
Criminal History Check-Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check.
- A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.
- USCP Police Officers are required to possess a firearm and ammunition. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition and are ineligible for the position.
Selective Service Registration-Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration. https://www.sss.gov/Registration/check-a-Registration/Verifcation-Form
Fingerprint Check-Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.
Background Investigation-Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation.
- There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, driving under the influence, theft, arrest, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.
Online Application and Questionnaire
Your completed application and required documents must be submitted by the closing date of this Vacancy Announcement to receive further consideration.
Your online application and answers to the attached assessment questionnaire will be reviewed and evaluated. As a result of this initial review, qualified applicants will be required to submit additional biographical information and supporting documents. A list of these documents will be provided to you during the selection process.
Further Evaluation of Qualified Candidates
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. Applicants must provide all requested documents within established timeframes during each phase of the selection process to receive consideration.
Applicants who the meet qualifications will be further evaluated for suitability and may be invited to a two-day USCP Assessment Center in the Washington, DC area. The Assessment Center consists of these components:
- Orientation Session-An overview of the USCP mission, operational specialty assignments, and employment opportunities for USCP Police Officers.
- Written Examination-The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered to test knowledge of basic math, reading, and grammar. A passing score of at least 70 in each section is required to receive further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.
- Physical Readiness Test (PRT)-Strenuous USCP Police Officer duties and USCP training programs require fitness tests to screen qualified applicants for entry-level Police Officer positions. You must pass the PRT to receive further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.
- Pre-employment Interview-A personal, one-on-one interview conducted to review, confirm, and clarify the information you submitted and to determine suitability for the position of Police Officer.
Travel and associated expenses related to attending the Assessment Center are the applicant's responsibility.
A United States Capitol Police Officer LP-0083 performs a full range of police duties and responsibilities:
- Enforces Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and enforces USCP rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
- Physically protects the U.S. Capitol complex (buildings and grounds), Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.
- Takes charge of accidents and crime scenes, restricting access to crime scenes; observes, stops, and questions suspicious persons.
- Prepares reports and testifies in court.
- Performs protective services, safeguards Federally-owned buildings and property, and protects government equipment and property.
- Upon successfully completing training and a probationary period, time-in-grade requirements and all experience requirements, future competitive promotions are available to advance to other duties-a higher rank or an officer assignment within a specialized area. USCP specialized areas include, e.g., Patrol Mobile Response Division, Canine Explosives Detection Team, Containment Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Threat Assessment Section, and Hazardous Incident Response Division.