Police Officer

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Full Time


This is a full-time position with the Police Force of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

$64,173 - Entry level, non-certified
$66,423 - With documentation of graduation from the UPTP at FLETC or after completion of training (six months)
$74,478 - After 30 months (Private First Class)

Please Note : If you previously applied (via any means), you are advised NOT to apply again. Doing so will override your prior submission and you will lose your place in the review priority.
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The Supreme Court of the United States Police Department is a federal law enforcement agency that derives its authority from United States Code 40 U.S.C. 6121. Established in 1935 for the recently completed Supreme Court Building, the department's mission is to ensure the integrity of the Constitutional Mission of the Supreme Court of the United States by protecting the Supreme Court, the Justices, employees, guests, and visitors.

Serve as a uniformed police officer with the Supreme Court of the United States. Responsible for providing a full range of police services. We also have specialized units to include: K-9, Threat Assessment, Intelligence, Chembio, Background Investigations, Recruitment and Training Division. Supreme Court Police Officers are primarily responsible for protecting the Chief Justice, Associate Justices, building occupants, and the Court's building and grounds. Additional responsibilities include Courtroom security, dignitary protection, emergency response, and providing assistance to building visitors.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - Promotions are based on time-in-grade until 30 months of service, after which promotions are awarded internally based on competitive evaluation as vacancies arise.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications)
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See: www.sss.gov
  • Employment is subject to successful completion of a medical exam, which includes rigorous fitness standards.
  • Medical exam consists of blood work, drug screening, height, weight, stress test, EKG, vision, hearing, and body fat.
  • Body fat will be measured by skinfold calipers at the time of medical exam. Males must be 20% or under and females must be 24% or under.
  • Vision requirements: For distance, corrected 20/20 or better binocularly with at least 20/40 in each eye. Uncorrected distant visual acuity should be 20/100 or better binocularly.
  • Colorblindness: Applicant must be able to pass the Ishihara's Test for Color Deficiency.
  • Hearing Requirements: Applicant must be able to pass the hearing test without the use of hearing aids.


The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply:
  • A Bachelor's degree (or being within six months of graduation) OR at least one year prior experience as a sworn police officer is required.
  • Applicants must be mature, reliable, skilled in oral and written communication, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants must have no record of felony convictions, and must not currently be involved in any pending criminal charges.
  • Applicants who possess prior military service must have been separated under honorable conditions (honorable discharge).
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age, but not yet 37 years of age at the date of appointment (this position is covered under federal law enforcement retirement provisions, which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after at least 20 years of service). The maximum age may be waived with prior qualifying federal law enforcement service under the same retirement system.
  • Applicants must be licensed to drive and have an excellent driving record.


  • A high school diploma is required.
  • A Bachelor's degree (or being within six months of graduation) is required.
  • Prior experience as a sworn police officer (of at least a year) with a thorough knowledge of law enforcement techniques and practices may be substituted for a Bachelor's degree.

Additional information

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States Police Force offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, premium pay, and eligibility for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50, or 25 years service at any age. Additional benefits include flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Employment is subject to successful completion of the Police Officer Selection Test (POST), structured oral interview, background investigation interview, medical exam, psychological exam, and a comprehensive background investigation. To participate in our hiring process, you will need to travel to the Washington, D.C. area on at least three (3) occasions. The Supreme Court does NOT pay a travel per diem, hotel costs, or travel expenses for applicants to participate in our hiring process.

Applicants who are hired will also be required to successfully complete the 13-week Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required of all applicants:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
  • Police Applicant Pre-Screening Questionnaire: https://www.supremecourt.gov/jobs/Application_Pre-Screening_Questionnaire.pdf
  • The following additional documents are also required if applicable to you:
  • SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action
  • DD-214 or Statement of Service
  • Unofficial College Transcript
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