Police Officer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Salem, Virginia
Posted
Oct 05, 2019
Closes
Oct 13, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as a federal police officer working for the Department of Veterans Affairs performing law enforcement and security duties and enforces federal laws.

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Responsibilities

- Ensures compliance/enforces full range of Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement work;
- Possesses arrest/apprehension authority;
- Required to carry agency approved firearm(s) in performance of official duties;
- Provides protection of patients, visitors, and employees;
- Responsible for preservation of peaceful environment necessary for operation of medical treatment programs;
- Charged with protection of U.S. Government and personal property on VA controlled property;
- Conducts vigorous/inquisitive random foot/vehicle patrols of medical center grounds, parking lots, and grounds;
- Provides directions/assistance to patients, volunteers, visitors, and employees;
- Responds to wide variety of emergencies including crimes in progress, disturbances, assaults, fires, etc.; routinely intercedes in physical assaults in progress;
- Transports those physically arrested to detention facilities and performs required booking procedures;
- Fully investigates crimes, some of which extend beyond one's duty shift;
- Seeks and detects signs of illegal alcohol and drug abuse;
- Uses a portable radio for internal and external communications with other VA Police Officers and local law enforcement agencies;
- Performs searches and seizures in accordance with established procedures;
- Establishes surveillance operations to detect unauthorized activities, and special monitoring of suspected individuals or vulnerable areas; and
- All other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Various Shifts, 8 and 12 hour shifts, weekends and holidays.
Telework: Not available
Compressed: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Police Officer/2122
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
6

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination AND a pre-employment psychological examination.
  • Must provide references that will be verified by the LETC.
  • Must have arrest authority.


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/14/2019.

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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

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 and/or education as described below:

GS- 06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices and techniques; responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property; experience in investigating crimes, interrogating suspects, and taking statements from witnesses and have arresting authority.

Best qualified candidates should have a minimum of three years law enforcement experience, having graduated from a police academy, with arrest authority (obtained through Federal, State, County, Municipal Police experience or through military service such as a Military Police Officer, Air Force Security Police, Navy Master At Arms)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Arrest
  • Communications
  • Criminal Law
  • Customer Service
  • Stress Tolerance


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: Must be physically fit and agile in order to perform foot patrol and pursue persons on foot over/around rough and/or slippery terrain or obstacles and up and down stairs. Must successfully complete annual agility testing in order to retain position. The officer is to respond to situations involving physical attack against themselves or others by dangerous/armed individuals. The officer is to respond to medical emergencies and carry heavy equipment, carrying/restraining patients who may be unconscious/aggressive, out-of-control persons under drugs or alcohol influence, or other individuals threatening or capable of inflicting severe bodily harm. He/she is required to have unusual physical ability to control and maintain a safe and secure environment for the patients, visitors, and employees of the facility. Must be capable of lifting heavy objects; carrying or moving heavy or unwieldy objects; crouching, crawling and kneeling during pursuit or search; and detaining suspects or defending oneself or others against attack.
Heavy lifting and carrying (45 pounds and over), Straight pulling (half hour), pushing (half hour), pulling hand over hand (half hour), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands and legs, walking (12 hours), standing (12 hours), crawling (half hour), kneeling (half hour), repeated bending (half hour), climbing (half hour), operation of a Cushman, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near and far vision, both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing without aid, and emotional stability under stress are required for this position.

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/ .

Education

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

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. (must submit Schedule A letter if applying under this consideration.)

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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Confidential

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent non-award SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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