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    This position will be located within the Police Service at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, at the Springfield MO Clinic.

    Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/ PD#564-02966-A
    Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
    Telework: Not Available
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

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    This position will be located within the Police Service at the Springfield location of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.

    As a VA Police Officer, the primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Enforcement of Federal law and VA regulations.
    • Protection of personnel, government and private property, and civil rights of individuals.
    • Conduct preliminary investigations of incidents ranging from violation of policy to a major felony, and the preservation of a peaceful environment of the facility.
    • Investigate complaints, obtain and properly process evidence, seek witnesses, interview complainants, victims, witnesses, suspects, etc.
    • Obtain witness statements and prepare cases for prosecution by Federal, State or City prosecutors.
    • Use basic police skills in patrol of hospital buildings and grounds.
    • Observe all activity occurring at the hospital and is constantly alert to acts of a suspicious nature.
    • Respond immediately to reports of a crime or crime in-progress.
    • Conduct crime scene assessments.
    • Intervene to abort criminal acts or to investigate and initiate appropriate actions.
    • Make arrests, detain suspects who may be resisting arrest, subdue individuals when necessary, and process arrested persons through incarceration procedures.
    • Respond to fire alarms in the medical center taking appropriate action to save lives, and property until help arrives, and report safety violations to appropriate officials.
    • Respond to disturbances in progress; subdue individuals who may present a threat to themselves or others, using only the amount of physical force necessary and weapon employment as prescribed.
    • Testify in courts of law as arresting officer or witness.
    • Provide safety escort for people during tours of darkness when needed.
    • Maintain a high state of physical condition, care for and wear uniform" in accordance with established procedures.
    Selectees will be required to stay and work in Fayetteville, AR until their scheduled date to attend the Police Officer Standardized Training (POST) Academy at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, AR. Upon completion of the POST Academy selectees will be required to complete a 4 week training program in Fayetteville, AR. Lodging and per diem will be provided.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0083 Police

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
    • May serve a probationary period.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
    • A medical examination is required
    • Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. A psychological examination is required
    • Candidates must have at least one year of full-time certified law enforcement experience with full arrest authority and graduation from an accredited military or civilian police academy.
    • Prefer at least 2 years of full time certified law enforcement experience with full arrest authority. Must have graduated from an accredited military or civilian police academy.
    • Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted State driver's license


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

    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. This experience should demonstrate that it has provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protection of life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in any of the following: work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forest, or other natural resources or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.

    Specialized experience must have included active arrest authority and firearm proficiency with a license to carry; experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying.

    Examples of specialized experience include performing duties, such as:
    • Responding to calls or alarms involving crimes
    • Questioning individuals at the scene
    • Establishing the identity of injured parties
    • Identifying the nature of incidents, and taking statements
    • Informing individuals about their rights as suspects and/or witnesses
    • Operating radar or other speed detection equipment and pursuing speeding vehicles when enforcing traffic regulations or aws
    • Issuing citations
    • Enforcing speed limits
    • Assisting at accident scenes
    • Preparing reports that describe events that may be used in future legal actions
    • Responding to duress alarms and subduing unruly individuals
    • Patrolling
    • Pursuing and apprehending person
    • Subduing individuals causing disturbances
    • Identifying and arresting violators
    • Making arrest and performing booking procedures, conducting investigations
    • Questioning and taking statements from victims, witnesses, and complainants; interrogating suspects
    • Applying all correct rules of search and seizure
    • Analyzing facts to identify suspects and develop case information.
    Selective Placement Factor: Candidates must have at least one year of full-time certified law enforcement experience with full arrest authority and graduation from an accredited military or civilian police academy.

    Preferred Experience:Prefer at least 2 years of full time certified law enforcement experience with full arrest authority. Must have graduated from an accredited military or civilian police academy.

    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.

    1. Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted State driver's license, have a safe driving record, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.
    2. VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm and weapons qualification/certification.
    3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend a 10-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    4. New VA Police Officers are required to pass a 6 week Field Training Officer (FTO) review upon graduation from the VA Law Enforcement Training Center.
    5. A character investigation will be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government.
    6. A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.
    7. Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. A psychological examination is required.

    LAUTENBERG AMENDEMENT: Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are ineligible for Federal Law Enforcement, including U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Officer positions.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires on a regular and recurring basis considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, running, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restrictive areas during search or pursuit activities, or defending oneself or others against physical attack. Body armor, police duty equipment and firearm(s) must be worn and carried at all times. The wearing of this equipment significantly amplifies the physical strain experienced by the employee during physical exertion or during periods of hot weather. Employees are regularly required to work long hours. Must have the ability to use firearms. Both eyes are required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, and emotional stability under stress. Ability to run in pursuit of suspects. Responding to all life's rescue, safety and fire emergencies to include the ability to carry persons in emergency evacuations must use physical ability to restrain violent persons. Intervenes in assaults, criminal acts and disturbances. Must pass annual physical and psychological testing.


    There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

    Receiving Service Credit for 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 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.

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

    Alternate Application:
    If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • Other
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume

    RESUME REMINDER: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility for further consideration: - Job title. - Experience (be as detailed as possible, please do not use bullet comments and connect your experience to each position held). - Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008). - Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week).

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/13/2018 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Jennifer Isbell-Gross


    Fayetteville AR VA Medical Center
    1100 North College Avenue
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    Springfield is located in the southwest section of Missouri and is the seat of Greene County. Springfield is the third largest city in the state and in 1990, had a population of just over 140,000 residents. In the late 19th century Springfield developed as the major rail, manufacturing and industrial center of southwest Missouri and has remained the prominent city in the region into the 20th century. Springfield has an extensive commercial heritage which is reflected in its built environment. For more information about Springfield visit: http://www.springfieldmo.org/.

    DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.205) for this occupation.

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    Next steps

    After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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