Police Officer

Washington, D.C
Nov 18, 2020
Nov 25, 2020
Full Time


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.
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A United States Capitol Police Officer LP-0083 performs a full range of police duties and responsibilities:
  • Enforces Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and enforces USCP rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
  • Physically protects the U.S. Capitol complex (buildings and grounds), Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Takes charge of accidents and crime scenes, restricting access to crime scenes; observes, stops, and questions suspicious persons.
  • Prepares reports and testifies in court.
  • Performs protective services, safeguards Federally-owned buildings and property, and protects government equipment and property.
  • Upon successfully completing training and a probationary period, time-in-grade requirements and all experience requirements, future competitive promotions are available to advance to other duties-a higher rank or an officer assignment within a specialized area. USCP specialized areas include, e.g., Special Operations Division, Canine Explosives Detection Team, Containment Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Threat Assessment Section, and Hazardous Incident Response Division.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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 meeting the minimum requirements of the position may be selected to move forward in the hiring process. The USCP is looking for individuals who display the utmost level of integrity, honesty, maturity, and commitment to serve the public. Applicants who provide false or misleading information during any phase of the hiring process will be permanently disqualified.
Pre-Employment Screening
Candidates will be required to submit an Authorization for Release form and additional information via a Personal History Statement (PHS). The information provided, along with the candidate's credit, criminal history, and driving record, will be reviewed.
The Peace Officer Background Investigation Tracking System (POBITS) is an automated system used by investigators to efficiently manage background investigations. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the POBITS system where they will be instructed to provide their Personal History Statement (PHS).

Initial Assessment Phase
Following the pre-employment screening, candidates may be invited to participate in the Initial Assessment Phase of the USCP hiring process, all facets of which will be conducted virtually at a location of their choice. This phase consists of an Orientation, Police Officer Selection Test (POST), Pre-Employment Interview, and Self-Assessed Physical Readiness Test (PRT). The Initial Assessment Phase measures a candidate's skills, ability, and readiness to successfully complete the recruit officer training programs. It also provides the applicant with an overview of the USCP and its hiring process.


The Initial Assessment Phase consists of four components:
1. Orientation Session - An overview of the USCP mission, hiring process, training, and employment opportunities.
2. Written Exam - The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will test a candidate's knowledge of basic math, reading, and grammar. A passing score of at least 70 percent must be obtained in each section.
3. Pre-Employment Interview - A personal interview will be conducted to review, confirm, and clarify all submitted information to determine each candidate's suitability for the position of Police Officer.
4. Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Self-Assessment - Due to the strenuous nature of the USCP officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry-level Police Officer positions. Candidates will be required to pass the PRT self-assessment in order to receive further consideration, and will have 30 days from the receipt of the PRT forms to submit passing scores for the self-assessment phase. These tests include a 300-meter run, push-up test, and a 1.5 mile run. In addition, candidates will be required to pass an in-person PRT at a later date.
Candidates will be provided a Liability Waiver and Health Care Provider Release Form. Once the forms have been completed and submitted, candidates will receive the PRT scoring form for final submission of their results.

The Orientation, POST, and Pre-Employment Interview will require candidates to use a video conferencing system.
All online portions of the hiring process will require the use of a desktop or laptop computer.

Must be a United States citizen.
Must meet position age requirements.
Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver's license.
Must show evidence of responsible driving in the last three years.
Male applicants must be registered for Selective Service.
Travel for hiring assessments and training is at applicant's expense.
Must successfully complete a full field background investigation.
Polygraph, medical assessment, criminal, credit, and tax check required.
Must successfully complete all required training.
Must successfully complete a probationary period.

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. Naturalized citizens must be able to participate and complete a holistic and verifiable background investigation of their personal and professional background.

Age Requirements -- Applicants must be at least 21 years old at time of appointment 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.
Education -- High School diploma or GED certificate is required.

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 of the past 10 years.
  • 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.
Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans.

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, arrests, 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.


Additional information

Benefits Highlights

The USCP offers a competitive starting salary of $64,173.00

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 Employees 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 transferable only from other Legislative Branch organizations.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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, D.C. 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.

Basic Training
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: Two weeks 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 Centers (FLETC) located in Glynco, 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, D.C.

Travel is required to attend training at applicant's expense to Cheltenham, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (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.

Employment Disqualifiers
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
  • Conviction of a DUI/DWI
  • 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

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents


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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