About the Agency
About the Agency
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, its legislative processes, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.
As the United States Capitol Police -
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 a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all 50 states and the U.S. territories. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, and we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential;
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. As ambassadors of the Congress, 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.
This position is located in the Public Information Office (PIO), United States Capitol Police. The PIO coordinates all media coverage of the Department; disseminates information to the media and public through the uscp.gov site, press releases, correspondence, and other materials; and coordinates communications between USCP and the media in response to events that attract media attention. Media coverage of USCP functions is continuously covered by local, national, and international media organizations (print, radio, television, internet/social, and still photography). The PIO also serves as the Editor for the 1828--the Department's employee magazine, and is responsible for other internal communications initiatives throughout the Department
- Serves as a recognized public affairs professional and maintains strict confidentiality of all privileged and otherwise restricted data, information, communications and correspondence. Coordinates with appropriate staff members to ensure that communications and relations with internal customers, the media, and other stakeholders are synchronized and consistent in meeting the needs of USCP.
- Develops strategies to present information on a wide variety of subjects, many of which may involve complex policy, technical, legal, or controversial issues. Exercises sound judgment in determining the level of detail in response to questions and inquiries and the intended recipients.
- Creates talking points and white papers for high visibility and highly sensitive/complex issues. Routinely provides communication guidance on one-of-a-kind, specialty issues and concerns to the communications director, USCP officials, stakeholders and partners.
- Develops, writes, edits, reviews and disseminates materials in the format appropriate for the medium in which it is to appear; the audience for which it is designed and the information objective which it is expected to achieve. Prepares articles for publication in newspapers, journals, social media outlets, etc., often providing reports on technical progresses and USCP achievements and initiatives and ensures that USCP priorities and commitments are effectively conveyed. Information communicated may be heavily scrutinized and requires professional, sound responses to avoid calamities and/or negative press and scrutiny.
- Works with the director and other stakeholders to develop long-term management plans and tools for efficient and effective program implementation and administration. Collaborates to identify alternative solutions and corrective actions to improve the management of the public affairs program and makes recommendations regarding changes to policies, processes and procedures.
- Responds orally and/or in writing to information requests from the news media, congressional offices, specialized and/or general members of the public and ensures that USCP departmental programs, priorities and commitments are accurately articulated and/or relayed.