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Job Title:  Police Officer LP-0083-01
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  U.S. Capitol Police
Job Announcement Number:  USCP-13-995049-JR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$55,653.00 to $55,653.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Friday, December 20, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Applicants who previously applied under USCP-13-957-599 MUST apply under this Vacancy Announcement to receive consideration. United States Citizens - There will be multiple cut-off dates for this announcement. First cut-off date is 11/26/13. Second cut-off date is 12/3/13. Final cut-off date will be 12/20/13.


Do you want to protect American interests and secure a national treasure that is a symbol of democracy while building a meaningful and rewarding career?

The United States Capitol Police

"America's Police Department"

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a premier, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, CALEA-accredited, Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Our mission is, “to protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment.”  

• We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the people who carry out the process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action;

• Every American who visits the Capitol, as well as those visitors from around the world, is a member of our protected community and sees first-hand how we are the best of America’s spirit and diversity;

• As an agency, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce derives from almost all 50 states and territories, with some representation from other countries. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, where we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential; and

• We represent the best in American policing. We act on the world stage every day of the year, as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capabilities, and homeland security. We are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that is reflective of the Legislative Branch and its role in America’s democracy.

Wear The Badge, Feel The Honor


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  • Must be a U.S Citizen and meet position age requirements.
  • Pass a background investigation, physical readiness test, and drug test.
  • Possess and maintain a Valid U.S. Driver's License.
  • Travel for pre-employment assessments and training is applicant's expense.
  • Shift work required.


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As a United States Capitol Police (USCP) Officer LP-0083, you will perform a full range of police duties and responsibilities which include:

  • Enforcing federal, state, county and municipal laws and ordinances, and agency rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
  • Physically protect the Capitol complex, Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserving law and order; serving as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.       
  • Taking charge of accidents and crime scenes, restrict access; observe, stop and question suspicious person.        
  • Preparing reports, and testifying in court.
  • Performing protective services, guarding federal owned buildings and property and protecting government equipment and material.

Upon successful completion of training, probation, time in grade and completion of all experience requirements future competitive promotions may be available to become a higher rank or officer within a specialized area such as: Patrol Division, Canine Division, Containment and Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Division, Hazardous Materials Response Team, Threats and/or other positions within The United States Capitol Police.



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The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is seeking positive thinking, courteous, and self-confident individuals for entry-level police officer positions that offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and extensive professional development and training.

Candidates must possess the following to be minimally qualified for this position:

  • Valid Driver’s License - Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license that is not revoked, withdrawn or under suspension.        
  • Education- A High School diploma or a GED certificate is required.         
  • Age Requirements- Must be 21 years of age, but have not reached your 37th birthday at the time of appointment. This position is covered under the law enforcement retirement provisions in accordance with Public Law 100.238; therefore, candidates must be referred for selection before reaching their 37th birthday.        
  • U.S. Citizenship- Only United States Citizens will receive consideration. Qualified applicants will be required to provide proof of citizenship early in the selection process.        
  • Successfully pass all United States Capitol Police (USCP) background and suitability hiring standards.

Applicants who successfully meet the minimum qualification requirements for the positions will be furthered evaluated at an assessment center and will be required to complete the following:

  • Written Exam - The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered to qualified applicants. The POST will test your knowledge of basic math, reading and grammar. You must obtain a passing score of at least 70 in each section to receive further consideration under this vacancy announcement. You are required to bring a valid U.S. driver's license with you to the POST. Applicants who take and fail the POST will not be able to retake the examination for 90 days; in addition, a USCP Police Officer vacancy announcement must be open and applicants will need to re-apply.
  • Physical Readiness Test (PRT) - Due to the strenuous nature of the USCP Officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen qualified applicants for entry-level Police Officer positions. You will be required to pass the PRT early in the pre-employment process in order to receive further consideration under this vacancy announcement. You are required to bring the USCP test notification and a valid U.S. driver's license with you to the PRT. Applicants who take and fail the PRT will not be able to retake the examination for 90 days; in addition, a USCP Police Officer vacancy announcement must be open and applicants will need to re-apply. For a complete description of the PRT, please visit our website at {insert URL}
  • Criminal History Check - All USCP Police Officers are required to possess a firearm and ammunition. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition and are ineligible for the position.
  • Credit Check- Must not be in default or delinquent on any federal guaranteed loans.
  • Selective Service – Verification of registration with the Selective Service System; or exempt from the Selective Service System registration as a female or because of age or military status.
  • Pre-employment Interview - A personal interview will also be conducted to review, confirm and clarify the information you have submitted and to determine suitability for the position of Police Officer.
  • Fingerprint Check - Fingerprints will be submitted for a check of the criminal history records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

Qualified Candidates who successfully pass the assessment center and are referred for further consideration will receive the following:

  • Full Field Background Investigation-Qualified applicants must undergo and satisfactorily complete a background investigation. Applicants must complete and submit a background questionnaire regarding education, residences, past and current employment, police records, financial situation, drug and alcohol usage to determine suitability for this position.
  • Pre-Employment Evaluation  

            Medical examination

            Polygraph Examination

            Psychological Examination

Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation may result in disqualification for further consideration under this vacancy announcement.


Qualified candidates selected for employment must successfully complete approximately 6 months of paid training. Candidates must successfully complete each phase of training in order to proceed to the next phase, as follows:

Phase 1: One week of preliminary training and orientation conducted at the USCP Training Academy located in Cheltenham, Maryland.

Phase 2: Approximately 12 weeks of Uniformed Police Training (UPT) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Brunswick, Georgia.

Phase 3: Approximately 12 weeks of training specific to the United States Capitol Police at the USCP Academy, Cheltenham, Maryland.

Phase 4: An additional 4 weeks of training in the USCP Field Training officer Program, Washington, DC.

*Failure to successfully complete all phases of training may result in removal from the position.


Firearm Proficiency - As a USCP Officer, you must be willing to carry and maintain proficiency in the use of a firearm. Training will be provided as part of the mandatory basic training for police officers.

Uniform and Grooming Standards- You will be required to wear a USCP-issued uniform while in duty status. Males must be clean shaven. Males and females hair must be neatly groomed and be able to be worn off the uniform collar and tucked under the USCP-issued uniform hat.

Shift Work- USCP operates 7 days a week/24 hours per day. As a police officer, You will be required to work any assigned shift. Duty hours are subject to change to accommodate the needs of the Department; occasional additional duty maybe required. Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Probationary Period- This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period. The one-year probationary period begins after completion of the mandatory basic training described in this vacancy announcement. During this time period, employee’s conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.




Your online application and assessment answers will be evaluated for further consideration.  Applicants referred for further consideration will be evaluated by written examination, physical readiness test, background investigation, medical examination, polygraph examination and psychological examination. There will be multiple cut-off dates for this announcement. First cut-off date is 11/26/13. Second cut-off date is 12/3/13. Final cut-off date will be 12/20/13. Your completed application and all requested documents must be submitted by the cut off date to receive further consideration.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The United States Capitol Police is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions.

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USCP offers a competitive starting salary of $55,653.

Our comprehensive benefit package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, flexible spending accounts, and an employee assistance program.

USCP employees are covered under Congressional retirement.

Upon receipt of proper certification, sick leave balances will be transferred from other branches of the Federal Government.

While previous creditable federal service is used to determine the appropriate leave category, annual leave balances may not be transferable.

Employee parking may be available to you at no cost; OR Transit Subsidy Benefits up to $245.00 of your commuting costs may be provided to you as a tax-free benefit.

USCP has several on-site state of the art gyms with access to personal trainer consultants and locker room facilities.


  • Expenses related to travel or incidentals for any phase of the selection process and training are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon funding availability.
  • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Applicants must complete all waiver forms and provide all requested documents during the next phase of the selection process.
  • Travel required during training to Cheltenham, Maryland, Brunswick, Georgia, and Washington, DC.


*Applicants must successfully complete all steps of the selection process to move forward for further consideration. Failure to do so may cause the applicant to become ineligible for this position.


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You must create a USAJOBS account and profile or log into your existing USAJOBS account to apply for this position. All applicants must complete the online USA JOBS application, questionnaire and upload all required documentation such as educational transcripts or training certifications as supporting documents. This announcement will close on Friday, December 20, 2013.  You are encouraged to submit your completed application, online questionnaire, resume and required documents as soon as possible to ensure you receive consideration.



  • High School Diploma/GED/College Transcripts


Recruitment Division
Phone: (000)000-0000
Agency Information:
Recruitment and Background Investigations
Office of Human Resources
499 South Capitol Street SW
Washington, DC


Your online application will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to whether you will be considered for employment. A notification of your application status will be sent to you via email. If considered, please respond and provide all requested documents and/or information timely.

Qualified applicants will be required to submit additional documents. A list of these documents will be provided to you during the selection process.

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