Motor Patrol Officer (Police Officer)

Washington D.C.
Jul 20, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time

The applicants selected for this position will serve as a Patrol Mobile Response Division (PMRD) Motor Patrol Officer under the direction of the Operational Services Bureau (OSB), providing police motor services, traffic safety initiatives and enforcement programs, and PMRD support services for the U.S. Congress, U.S. Capitol grounds, and all areas and responsibilities directed by the United States Capitol Police.

Note: Few vacancies exist. The number of Motor Patrol Officer positions will be determined by the needs of the Department.

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure 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 people who carry out the process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action. We also protect everyone who visits the Capitol, who can see first-hand how we work to represent 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 afliations, 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
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • Must be a current USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant.
  • Must have attained the rank of Private First Class.
  • Must have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement.
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects over 50 pounds.
  • Must work flexible hours to support short notice congressional duties.
  • Must successfully complete all required training.
  • 1. Must be a USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant and have attained the rank of Private First Class by the closing date of this announcement.

    2. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement by the closing date of this announcement.

    3. Must not be in restricted leave status as of the closing date of this announcement.

    4. Must be in full and unrestricted duty status as of the closing date of this announcement.

    5. Must be available to work flexible and/or additional hours on short notice.

    Phase I: Initial Qualification - The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will conduct an eligibility factor review as outlined in this vacancy announcement. In consultation with OHR, a review of all candidates' personnel jackets and unscheduled leave will be conducted by an appointed assessment panel.

    Phase II: KSA Self-Assessment - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) will be evaluated by an appointed assessment panel.

    Ability to work in stressful situations with attention to detail.
    Ability to identify and apply proper motor patrol procedures and techniques.
    Knowledge of the laws, regulations, practices, and procedures of law enforcement and police work.

    Ability to actively participate as a member of a team.

    Phase III: Basic Riding Proficiency Evaluation -The "What to Expect Next" section of this announcement provides a link for the specifications of the FLHT Motorcycle and describes the basic riding proficiency evaluation.

    Phase IV: Structured Interview - Candidates will be scheduled for an oral interview. Results of this selection process will be used to recommend candidates to the hiring manager who is the final selecting official. OHR will conduct a disciplinary action review. The hiring manager at his/her discretion may elect not to select a recommended candidate for reasons such as: substandard performance; serious sustained misconduct; and/or pending investigations internally or externally.

    Not Applicable


    Motor Patrol Officers must be able to accommodate a short notice change in shift and/or tour of duty based on the operational needs of the PMRD. These changes in work hours are based upon the needs of Congress and the USCP. The changes in shift and/or duty hours may be directed with little or no advance notice to officers. The operational needs of the PMRD may require reporting for duty at various times throughout the 24-hour day, as directed, to support the mission.

    The work requires, on a regular and recurring basis, considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds.

    Note: Few vacancies exist. The number of PMRD Motor Patrol Officer positions will be determined by the needs of the Department. The selection list will be active for a period of one (1) year from the date of approval of the selection memorandum unless an applicant withdraws in writing his/her application.

    As a Patrol Mobile Response Division (PMRD) Motor Patrol Officer, you will:

    • Serve as a PMRD officer, providing police services to the Congressional community, stakeholders, visitors, and citizens.
    • Operate a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Police model motorcycle (FLHTP) with and without a sidecar, in all weather conditions, to support the needs of the Department.
    • Perform various physically demanding tasks during training and while executing daily assignments.
    • Provide motorcade support and planning.
    • Provide motor officer support for functions such as: special events, concerts, civil disturbance deployment, ceremonial events, funerals, and all other directed assignments.
    • Enforce all laws, traffic rules and regulations, and special directives as they pertain to the jurisdiction and authority of the USCP.
    • Investigate and/or report traffic collisions in accordance with policy.
    • Participate in specialized enforcement programs such as Smooth Operator and Click-it-or-Ticket, identify target zones for specialized traffic enforcement, and develop initiatives to maintain safe roadways for the congressional community.
    • When requested, successfully complete the Police Motor Instructor School and all other associated training.

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