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Job Title:  Police Officer
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  AG-12-PQ687660

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

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$33,586.00 to $51,193.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 09, 2012 to Friday, April 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations.  A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.


The Office of Justice Services (OJS), within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is searching for individuals to serve as Police Officers.  Do you have experience in apprehending criminals and investigating misdemeanors and felonies?  Are you familiar with tribal law, codes and orders governing criminal and civil infractions?  If so, this job could be for you!


Salary information:  GL-4:  $33,586 - $41,980 per annum; GL-5:  $38,619 - $48,010 per annum; GL-6: $40,723 - $51,193 per annum.  First time hires to the Federal government will start at the base of their salary range.


This is an open continuous announcement in which applications are being accepted to establish a register that will be used to fill vacant positions at various geographic locations as they become available.  Cut-off dates will be established as vacancies occur.


Single certification will be used to fill multiple positions in a variety of geographic locations as they occur.  This means that you will only be referred to one location at a time.  Therefore, you should select the locations you wish to be considered for with care; if you are found to be among the best qualified candidates and referred to a manager for consideration, you will only be considered for that position during that time, and not referred for another location.  You will be referred at the highest grade level for which you are found qualified.


Applicants claiming Indian Preference who have not achieved career tenure and submit a BIA form 4432 will be considered via the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Veterans' preference applies.


All U.S. citizens without prior Federal service will be considered under competitive examining procedures (DEU).  Veteran's Preference applies. 


NOTE:  The duty location for the Blanding, Utah location is White Mesa, Utah.


Who May Apply

·          U.S. Citizens

·          Current or former career or career-conditional Federal employees in the competitive service (Check SF-50 for tenure code 1 or 2 in box 24 and position code 1 in box 34)

·          Other government employees eligible through an interchange agreement (Click here for details) Candidates eligible under a non-competitive special hiring authority (Click here for info)   


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Eligibility documentation required (SF-50, BIA 4432, DD-214, etc.)
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Travel eleven or more nights per month may be required


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The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Responds to calls concerning felonies, emergencies, traffic accidents, drug charges, altercations and misdemeanors under Federal, State, local and tribal laws; investigates, apprehends, arrests, and detains all persons charged with violations.
  • Maintains law and order within the area of assignments by patrolling in a patrol vehicle, investigating suspicious situations, and taking action as appropriate.
  • Performs such assignments as working radar on busy highways, participating in night survellance in high crime areas, and participating in traffic and crowd control activities.
  • Make arrests in cases of crime or misdeameanors personally witnessed; takes persons arrested to appropriate authorities for booking or formal charging.
  • Serves Federal, State, or locat or tribal warrants, subpoenas and other court papers; testifies at hearings and trials as an expert witness in Federal, State, local or tribal courts as required.
  • Prepares and submits reports of incidents or traffic accidents, daily and weekly activities, and narratives and statistical reports as required.
  • Performs investigative work, which will extend over several days to several weeks.
  • Testifies in official capacity at Tribal, State, and Federal hearings.




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GL-04:  To qualify based on experience, you must have the following:


Six months of general work experience in any administrative, clerical, technical, or military work that involved protecting property, equipment data, or materials; or that involved making judgements based on the application of directions, rules, regulations, or laws.


Six months of specific experience providing routine fixed post or patrol assignments.  Examples of such work may include responding to calls or alarms to crimes, questioning individuals at the scene of an incident, informing individuals of their rights as suspects or witnesses, operating radar or speed detection equipment, arresting violators caught in the act, issuing citations for observed violations of law, handing out crime prevention information during patrols, preparing accident reports, assisting victims of accidents, etc.


To qualify based on education, you must have the following:


Two years of successfully completed study at an accredited school above the high school level with at least 12 semester hours in police administration, police law and evidence, police investigation, criminology, law enforcement, general law, or similar subjects closely related to police work.  Transcripts must be submitted by the closing date.


NOTE:  Successful completion of a Federal, State, county, or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience or 6 months of general experience.


GL-05:  At the GL-05 grade level, you may qualify based on education or experience, or any combination thereof.


To qualify based on experience, you must have the following:


One year of prior police work experience performing a full range of operations in preventing or resolving offenses, or in conducting preliminary investigations of rules violations, felonies, or capital crimes.  Examples of qualifying experience may include:  pursuing and apprehending persons fleeing a crime scene or resisting arrest; subduing individuals causing disturbances; identifying and arresting violators based on eyewitness accounts; coordinating emergency responses between security, fire, and other emergency units; taking charge of a crime scene and restricting access to the scene; seeking, detecting, and protecting evidence and witnesses at the scene of an incident.


To qualify based on education, you must have the following:


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position.  Transcripts must be submitted by the closing date.


NOTE:  Successful completion of a Federal, State, county, or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience or 6 months of general experience.



In addition to experience at lower grade levels, to qualify at the GL-06 level, you must have experience independently applying investigative procedures to detect and resolve crimes requiring extensive research, including interviewing, planning, observing, conducting stakeout operations, and executing investigations which result in the arrests of suspects.


Maximum Entry Age Limit:  This position is a primary law enforcement position and covered under special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement.  Applicants appointed to a Police Officer position must be at least 21 years of age.  Also, applicants appointed to a Police Officer position in the Federal service must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to the position unless they previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement position cover by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement.  This requirement may be waived only for preference eligible veterans.


Medical Requirements:  The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather.   All applicants will be subject to a pre-employment medical exam.


Suitability, Clearance & Requirements:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


Driving Record Requirement:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Drug Testing:  This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.

Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position.  Qualified candidates will be identified as best qualified, well qualified, or qualified depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities below:


·          Knowledge of tribal, state, and federal criminal laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents related to admissibility of evidence and prosecution.

·          Knowledge of the laws, principles, and procedures used in apprehending a criminal suspect, including policies for pursuit and proper use of force and capture.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide 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., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the documentation required by that form.


INDIAN PREFERENCE:  This position is subject to the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (25 U.S.C. 472).  Priority in selection will be given to Indian candidates who present proof of eligibility for Indian preference.  BIA Form 4432 must be provided with the application of a candidate who claims Indian preference.






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This agency participates in the standard Federal benefits program described here:

In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

·         Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year

·         Variety of available work schedules 

·         Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $125 per month for mass transportation expenses



CTAP:  Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area, may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP:  Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have already been involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP. 

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package.  In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures.  For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.



Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority.  Common authorities include those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, and the authorities listed here:

You must submit appropriate documentation with your application package to verify eligibility.  If you are unsure of what to submit, contact the email provided on this announcement.


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  1. Click "Apply Online" to the right.
  2. Log-in to USAJOBS and follow the instructions to submit your resume.  Note:  If you have not already created a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one.  This will also involve creating a resume in the USAJOBS system.
  3. After submitting your resume, enter your Application Manager username and password when prompted.  If you do not have an Application Manager username, you will need to create one.
  4. Complete the questionnaire in Application Manager.  To preview the questions, click here:  View Assessment Questions
  5. Upload all other documents listed in the "Required Documents" section below.  If you do not have certain documents electronically, you may fax them using the instructions below.
  6. Submit your application.  You will receive confirmation if your application has been properly submitted.



  1. Complete the fax coversheet provided here:  The vacancy identification number for this position is:  687660
  2. Fax your documents to 478-757-3144.  Please note, if you do not use the coversheet provided above,  your documents will not be properly processed.
  3. After two business days, verify receipt of your faxed documents by logging into your Application Manager account at


The following documents are REQUIRED for this position:

  1. Resume showing relevant experience
  2. On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  3. SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion.  Be sure your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position occupied in box 34 and that the SF-50 is not for an award)
  4. Veterans Preference Documentation (VA letter, SF-15, DD-214, etc. as appropriate and applicable)
  5. Transcripts (if applicable)
  6. Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
  7. BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference), link:

   8. OF-306 (link provided in the assessment questions)

If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position. Please double check your application package BEFORE you submit it.


Human Resources
Phone: (703)390-6420
Agency Information:
AS IA Human Resources
Reston, VA


If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. You will be notified by letter or email of your status if your application is found to be among the best qualified and referred to a manager for consideration, and again after a selection has been made. 

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Oklahoma City, OK United StatesView Map
Lame Deer, MT United StatesView Map
Keams Canyon, AZ United StatesView Map
Crow Agency, MT United StatesView Map
Fort Yates, ND United StatesView Map
Anadarko, OK United StatesView Map
Fort Thompson, SD United StatesView Map
Lower Brule, SD United StatesView Map
Wagner, SD United StatesView Map
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Fort Duchesne, UT United StatesView Map
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Blanding, UT United StatesView Map

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