Police Officer (Recruitment Officer)

Washington, D.C
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

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The United States Capitol Police (USCP) Police Officer Recruitment Program is designed to meet the goal of attracting, selecting, and hiring the most qualified candidates and to ensure that applicants understand the qualifications required for employment with the Department. Serving as a Recruitment Officer provides an additional creative outlet for sworn employees to contribute to the Department's operational and workforce success. The Recruitment Officer position is assigned to the Office of Background Investigations and Credentialing, Employment Suitability Division. This opportunity is open to all USCP sworn employees who have attained the rank of Private First Class, Technician, or Detective by the closing of this announcement.

NOTE: Three (3) selections may be made from this vacancy announcement, with varying selection dates. This position is designated as a two-year assignment and may be extended up to two (2) additional years to a total of four (4) years. An extension of the initial period will be determined by performance in the position and the needs of the Department. The selection list will be active for a period of one (1) year from the date of approval of the selection memorandum unless an applicant withdraws in writing his/her application.

As a Recruitment Officer, you will:
  • Attend and represent the USCP at job and career fairs.
  • Interact with potential applicants at recruiting events to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Police Officer careers, benefits, and the hiring process.
  • Participate in college and university career fairs and visits to interact with and attract the interest of potential applicants.
  • Give presentations to college and university students, professors, and career service centers.
  • Assist with presentations, activities and questions during the Assessment Phase of the sworn hiring process.
  • Contact candidates currently in the process to assist in scheduling of assessments and exams.
  • Develop itineraries for recruiting initiatives.
  • Actively seek out new recruiting contacts while on official travel, before and after scheduled events.
  • Complete appropriate travel paperwork.
  • Coordinate shipments of required recruiting items for scheduled events.
  • Communicate with established contacts regarding vacancies for the department, both sworn and civilian.
  • Conduct the online Orientation several times per month.
  • Proctor and administer the Police Officer Selection Test (POST) several times per month.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current USCP officer below the rank of Sergeant.
  • Must have attained the rank of Private First Class, Technician, or Detective.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver?s license.
  • Must be able to travel
  • Must be available to work flexible and/or additional hours.
  • Must meet all USCP grooming standards as stated in Directive 1072.001


1. Must not be in restricted leave status as of the closing date of this announcement.

2. Must be in full and unrestricted duty status as of the selection date unless otherwise authorized by law (e.g., performance of duty injury, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions.

This position is not included in a collective bargaining unit.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The following selection process will be used to further assess candidates who have met the initial eligibility factors.

Phase I: Initial Qualification and Unscheduled Leave Review - The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will review applications for eligibility as outlined in this vacancy announcement.
Phase II: KSA Assessment and Resume Review - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities will be evaluated by an appointed assessment panel.
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Writing
  • Creative Thinking
Phase III: Structured Interview -
Results of this selection process will be used to recommend candidates to the hiring manager who is the final selecting official.
The OHR will conduct a disciplinary action review to determine if there are pending disciplinary matters, which will be made known to the selecting official.

Prior to making his/her selection, the selecting official shall review any available Department documents, to include application documents and each candidate's complete career disciplinary record, results of selection process phases, and may, at their discretion, conduct interviews if necessary, with all recommended candidates.

The selection official may, at his/her discretion, not select a recommended candidate for reasons such as:
1. Substandard performance;
2. Serious sustained misconduct; and/or
3. Pending investigations internally or externally.

All aspects of the process are subject to the Department's legal review.

All final recommendations are subject to final approval of the Chief of Police.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Applicants must submit a copy of the following documents by uploading and attaching them to the online application:
  • Resume: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment.
  • Assessment Questionnaire: Failure to provide a narrative response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
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