REQUIRES: A valid unrestricted driver's license.
GS-05 REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience in active police work that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include: a knowledge of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices and techniques; assisting with the pursuit and apprehension of persons involved in a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest; conducting investigations and interviews; enforcing traffic/parking regulations; and assisting at an accident or crime scene. Successful completion of a Federal, State, county, municipal, local law and regulations may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience. You must submit proof of completion. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year at the GS-04 grade level in Federal service. (To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your application/resume.)
GS-05: A Bachelor's degree or four (4) years of post high school education (one year is the equivalent of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) leading to a Bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position. (Transcripts are required.)
GS-05 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: An equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described for the GS-05 grade level that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position. 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 three (3) months of specialized experience or six (6) months of general experience. (Your experience must be documented in your application/resume and transcripts are requested.)
GS-06 REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience in active police work that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled? Examples of specialized experience may include: knowledge of basic laws/regulations and law enforcement operations, practices and techniques; maintaining order and protecting life and property; knowledge of courtroom procedures; effectively and safely using and storing firearms; pursuing and apprehending persons fleeing a crime or resisting arrest; subduing individuals causing disturbances and arresting violators; performing the search and seizure of evidence and contraband; conducting investigations; and preparing accurate and concise police reports containing all pertinent information. Experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. (To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your application/resume.)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:
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 qualification/certification.
3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend an 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.
4. 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.
5. A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice.
6. 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. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Knowledge of arrest techniques, practices and proceduresKnowledge of general law enforcement methods and techniquesAbility to operate effectively in stressful situationsAbility to communicate orally and in writing
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Regular and recurring physical exertions such as long periods of standing or walking. The Police Officer engages in such exertions when responding to alarms, pursuing suspects, or walking foot patrol in and around the facility. Other physical demands include: the apprehension and restraint of violent and/or uncooperative individuals, and defending others against physical attack. Must demonstrate level of physical fitness annually.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.