Police Officer

Washington D.C.
Apr 24, 2019
Apr 24, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/23/2019.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

    You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
    • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Pursuing, apprehending, and arresting persons for violation of criminal law; Conducting foot and vehicle patrol; Maintaining control of a scene or incident; Taking statements from witnesses, interviewing, interrogating suspects, and preparing reports of criminal offenses, violations, incidents, and citations issued; and Presenting testimony in court. (Qualifying specialized experience must be clearly documented in your resume.) Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.
    Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.
    • IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) As a condition of employment, you must qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, annually with an expandable Straight Baton (MEB), and pass an annual physical and psychosocial assessment. Applicants must be able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9).
    You will be rated on the following Competencies:
    • Knowledge of standardized procedures, laws, regulations, methods, and police techniques;
    • Ability to perform a full range of operations in preventing or stopping criminal activities or to conduct preliminary investigations into criminal matters or violations;
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local criminal law;
    • Knowledge on crime scene preservation, collection of evidence, processing of evidence, and how to obtain search warrant and/or consent to search;
    • Ability to pursue and arrest persons fleeing a crime scene or subdue individuals causing disturbances.
    • Skill in conducting in depth investigation on incidents;
    • Knowledge of the physical Security and Crime Prevention ideology;
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local criminal law to include information law and laws that are designed to protect the rights of individual and property from illegal searches and seizures;
    • Skill in police reporting procedures, techniques, methods, and philosophy;
    • Knowledge of employees' rights under the Weingarten Act;
    • Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement and security;
    • Knowledge on processing crime scenes, collecting evidence, and proper procedures for safeguarding evidence in police custody.
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires constant mental attention and has regular and recurring physical demands such as running, climbing, and walking for long periods of time; operating motor vehicles; lifting and carrying heavy weights over 50 pounds (e.g. items seized as evidence, collapsed individuals); performing lifesaving tasks; subduing, disarming and arresting violent or potentially violent persons suspected of crimes who may be armed with knives, guns or other dangerous weapons; and lifting heavy items less than 50 pounds (i.e. typewriters, items seized as evidence in criminal cases, weapons and riot gear used during operational assignments, etc.).
    You will be required to work evening and night shifts; must undergo re-familiarization with authorized weapons; e.g. Fire Arm, PR-24 Baton and Pepper Spray and qualify with these weapons as directed by 0730; You must have the physical ability to safely operate motor vehicles on public highways and possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of California. You must be proficient in the use of vehicle emergency equipment systems and the jurisdictional laws governing their use and demonstrate skill in police tactical driving techniques.
    In emergent or unusual situations, takes prompt action that may require arduous physical exertion to accomplish an action. In a stressful environment, must exercise a high degree of skill in meeting and dealing with all types of individuals and temperaments that will foster a favorable police/community relations image.
    The Police Officer is expected to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and uniform appearance, and is expected to observe the utilization of issued equipment for personal safety and for the safety of persons entering the Medical Center grounds.
    A medical examination is required. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice.
    A psychological examination is required. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. (continued information under 'Education Section of this Annc.)

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

    Work Environment: The work involves performing assignments where there is regular and recurring exposure to extreme discomforts and unpleasantness, particularly during inclement weather or extended periods of traffic and patrol duties. The work regularly entails entry into high physical risk areas and subject the officer to extreme personal danger (e.g. possible physical attack, mob assaults, sniper attacks, which may or may not occur where conditions can be controlled). May be assigned to shift work or may work odd and/or extensive hours in connection with special assignments or emergency situations.

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


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    Drug test required Yes

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