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.
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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 meet the 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. 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.
- 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 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.
The USCP offers a competitive starting salary of $59,256.
Our comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, flexible spending accounts, and an employee assistance program.
USCP employees are covered under the law enforcement provisions of the Federal Retirement System.
Student Loan Repayment Program Incentive up to $10,000 and is subject to budget availability
Upon receipt of proper certification, sick leave balances will be transferred from other branches of the Federal Government.
While previous creditable Federal service is used to determine the appropriate leave category, annual leave balances are not transferable.
Transit subsidy benefits for your commuting costs may be provided to you as a tax-free benefit.
USCP has several on-site state of the art fitness centers with access to personal trainer consultants and locker room facilities.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The USCP is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations.
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act provisions.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Post-Assessment Center Evaluation
Applicants who successfully complete all components of the Assessment Center may be scheduled for additional pre-employment testing in the Washington, DC area. The additional evaluation consists of the following:
- Full Field Background Investigation
- Medical Examination
- Polygraph Examination
- Psychological Examination
- Oral Board Interview
Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.
Qualified candidates selected for employment (after the previous testing and assessment) must successfully complete approximately 6 months of paid training. Candidates must successfully complete each phase of basic training to proceed to the next phase, as follows:
Phase 1: One week of preliminary training and orientation conducted at the USCP Training Academy located in Cheltenham, Maryland.
Phase 2: Approximately 12 weeks of Uniformed Police Training (UPT) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Brunswick, Georgia.
Phase 3: Approximately 12 weeks of training specific to the USCP at the USCP Academy located in Cheltenham, Maryland.
Phase 4: An additional 8 weeks of training in the USCP Police Training Officer Program, Washington, DC.
Travel is required to attend training at applicant's expense to Cheltenham, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.
Additional Job Requirements
Driving Proficiency -Must be a proficient driver, able to operate a motor vehicle at high speeds, through an obstacle course, in inclement weather, and at times of darkness.
Firearm Proficiency-A USCP Police Officer must be willing to carry and maintain proficiency in the use of a firearm. Training will be provided as part of the mandatory basic training for police officers.
Uniform and Grooming Standards -A USCP Police Officer will be required to wear a USCP-issued uniform while in duty status. Males must be clean shaven. Hair of male and female officers must be neatly groomed and worn off the uniform collar and tucked under the USCP-issued uniform hat.
Shift Work -The USCP operates 7 days per week and 24 hours per day. A Police Officer will be required to work any assigned shift. Duty hours are subject to change to accommodate the needs of the Department; additional duty may be required. Applicants must be willing and able to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Probationary Period -This appointment requires the employee to complete a one-year probationary period. The one-year probationary period begins after completing the mandatory basic training described in this Vacancy Announcement. During the probationary period, the employee's conduct and performance will be monitored to determine if the employee will be retained.
There are specific situations that automatically disqualify applicants for USCP employment. Some of the automatic disqualifiers include, but are not limited to:
- Conviction of a felony
- Conviction of domestic violence
- Use of illegal drugs in violation of the United States Capitol Police suitability standards
- Less than Honorable military discharge
- Intentionally falsifying an application or providing false or intentionally misleading information at any stage of the selection process
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