This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Detention Enforcement Officer

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:U.S. Marshals Service

Job Announcement Number:CK784648NF

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,827.00 to $60,490.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




5 vacancies in the following location:
San Diego, CA United States


United States Citizens





The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. The missions of the Service include protection of the judiciary, court security, witness security, asset seizure and forfeiture, apprehension of fugitives, prisoner transportation and custody.

Vacancy ID: 784648

Job Title: Detention Enforcement Officer, GL-1802-07

Promotion Potential: 07

Duty Location: San Diego, CA United States 5 vacancies

Open Period: Monday, November 19, 2012 - Monday, November 26, 2012

Salary Range - $47,827.00 - $60,490.00 Annually


Who May Apply: You may apply if you are a US Citizen or National


This position is located in a United States Marshals Service (USMS) District of Southern California office.  The incumbent serves as a Detention Enforcement Officer responsible for:

  • transporting prisoners;
  • conducting searches of prisoners/detainees;
  • applying and/or removing restraints (leg irons and handcuffs);
  • cell block management;
  • prisoner processing, etc.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Must not have reached 37th birthday upon appointment
  • Must pass a pre-employment security investigation and drug screening.
  • A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • A valid Driver's License is required
  • Must be Proficient in the use of FIREARMS, including HANDGUNS and SHOTGUNS


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Transporting prisoners/detainees by car or van
  • Conducting searches of the prisoners/detainees to ensure that they are not carrying prohibited property
  • Applying and/or restraints to include handcuffs and leg irons
  • Providing for the security and safeguarding of the prisoners/detainees in accordance with established rules, regulations, directives, and procedures
  • Maintaining order and discipline in the cell block
  • Conducting surveillance of the prisoners/detainees while in cell block via closed circuit television monitors
  • Distributing food to prisoners/detainees
  • Requesting appropriate medical assistance in case of medical emergencies
  • Preparing documentation required to transport and detain prisoners
  • Assisting with the processing of prisoners
  • Interviewing prisoners/detainees to obtain personal history; inventories personal property


AGE RESTRICTION:   This position is covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d).  Applicants for this primary law enforcement position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position unless there is sufficient prior Federal service in a covered primarily law enforcement or firefighter position to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions.  Applicants entitle to Veterans Preference are not subject to this age restriction (Note: you must submit a copy of your DD 214 member copy 4 or Statement of Service with your applicant as qualifying proof).


DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT:  All applicants must possess a valid driver's license.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  In add to meeting the requirements described above, all applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-06 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties:

  • Transporting prisoners/detainees by car, van, etc.;
  • Preparing documentation required to transport and detain prisoners;
  • Searching prisoners/detainees for contraband, weapons, and other prohibited items;
  • Restraining prisoners/detainees.  This includes applying and removing restraints such as handcuffs and leg irons;
  • Monitoring prisoners/detainees through closed circuit television as well as visual inspections.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). 

All qualifications requirements for this position must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Knowledge of basic principles, concepts, practices, and methods of law enforcement
  • Skill in the use of firearms to protect life and maintain order
  • Knowledge of control force techniques for transporting or containing prisoners


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


The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.   If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:   1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.   To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.   You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.   Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.   Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:


The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced   competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.   If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.   To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.   You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.   Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

Selective Service: 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


Veteran Preference:  If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.  


In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, you MUST submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.


Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.   In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified).


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.


Note: Failure to submit a resume or supporting documentation may result in elimination for further consideration.




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

1. Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 

Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID CK784648NF. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Agency Information:
940 Front St Rm B-150
San Diego, CA


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Control Number: 331382300
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