Police Officer (Hazardous Devices Technician)
This position is located in the Hazardous Devices Section (HDS) of the Hazardous Incident Response Division within the Operational Services Bureau. The Section provides specialized response capabilities to the Department on a daily basis for events that require heightened protective security measures. In support of the USCP mission, HDS is responsible for ensuring that designated security areas are free of hazardous devices. The primary goal of HDS is to provide a safe environment that is secure from explosive, chemical, biological, and radiological materials.
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 representational of many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiations, 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.
1. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
2. Must maintain a valid driver's license.
3. Must successfully complete the FBI physical examination which includes: vision and color blind test; height/weight and/or body fat index; hearing; EKG/stress test; chest x-ray and blood work.
4. Upon selection, the candidate must successfully complete an initial five week field training (FTO) course.
5. Must successfully complete required training including, but not limited to:
a. Initial six week basic training course conducted by the FBI Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama.
b. 40-hour bomb technician refresher course every 36 months.
c. 40-hour hazmat technician course.
d. 8-hour annual hazmat technician refresher course.
e. Indoor/Outdoor Post Blast, SWAT/EOD Interoperability Training, USMC Range Operations and other specialty schools assigned by the Bomb Squad Commander.
f. On-the-Job training to include the various operations of complex tools and equipment associated with the HDS.
6. Must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period upon completion of the FBI Hazardous Devices School.
7. Must be able to work various rotating shifts.
8. Must be able to travel to attend training and support congressional delegations when requested.
9. Must be able to assume on-call and re-call duties that require rapid response during off duty hours and weekends when needed.
1. Must be a USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant and have successfully attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC) by the closing date of this announcement.
2. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
3. Must be in full and unrestricted duty status as of the closing date of this announcement.
4. Must not be in restricted leave status as of the closing date of this announcement.
5. Must not have a medical shaving waiver as to not affect the proper seal of a self-contained breathing apparatus mask.
6. Must be in very good physical condition in order to operate alongside Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT) in dynamic tactical situations as well as wear an 85 pound bomb suit in HDS operations.
7. Must be able to work flexible and/or additional hours on short notice.
As a Hazardous Devices Technician, you will:
- Provide specialized response for events requiring heightened protective security measures.
- Ensure designated security areas are free of hazardous devices and materials, including explosive, chemical, biological, and radiological materials.
- Render safe suspected explosive devices.
- Participate in planning and implementing Plans of Action for events involving congressional delegates.
- Conduct security surveys.
- Evaluate intelligence information on trends in improvised explosives devices (IEDs).
- Train USCP personnel on emerging threats, room searches, 10-100 responses and risk analysis.
NOTE: More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. The selection list will be active for a period of one (1) year from the date of approval of the selection memorandum. An applicant may request to be removed from consideration by sending a written request to the Office of Human Resources (OHR).