The mission of the VA police officer is to serve and protect Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities. Their safety and security is paramount to ensuring that the VA can successfully fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.Learn more about this agency
VA police officers are a vital part of ensuring a safe and secure environment across VA. VA police
officers not only carry out their policing duties but are often the first to interact with and assist Veterans,
patients, employees, contractors. volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities on a
daily basis. Incumbent is the face of the VA. and he/she is often the first person a Veteran or visitor
encounters when entering a VA facility. Officers must have a special skill set that allows them to
empathize, engage, and communicate with all individuals they encounter to ensure a positive outcome
and the safety of the facility and all its occupants.
The incumbent performs a full range of police duties by following and executing rules, regulations, or
procedures covering law and rules enforcement, physical and personal security operations, patrol duties,
control desk duty, coordination with local courts, and/or crime prevention activities for the local
VA police officers patrol VA facilities, identify situations where criminal activity has occurred or is about to
occur, assess danger and threats, and take proper recourse, including taking statements, making arrests,
and conducting short and long-term investigations. Because of the unique nature of the VA &
customers, the incumbent will use various special weapons and tactics at least 25% of the time to
resolve security and law enforcement-related issues.
The incumbent works within a mix of jurisdictional arrangements (i.e., exclusive, concurrent and/or
proprietorial), ensures compliance with and enforces a full range of Federal, state, territorial, and/or
commonwealth, county and municipal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The incumbent has
jurisdiction and may work at any property owned or leased by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This
includes all Veterans Health Administration facilities, Veterans Benefits Administration facilities, VA
National Cemetery Administration facilities, and VA Staff Office facility.
Work Schedule: Hospital operates 24/7 so shifts may rotate and vary as organizationally required
Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer (Direct Hire Authority)/ 60417-A
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. The incumbent must respond to alarms, pursue suspects, participate in training
activities, climb stairs and walk during assigned foot patrols in and around large building, campus, and
other physical settings. Agility, dexterity and strength are needed to pursue, apprehend and detain
uncooperative suspects. On a regular and recurring basis the work requires strenuous exertion physically
restraining disorderly individuals to prevent harm to others or the individual.
Incumbents must be physically able to lift or carry injured or hurt persons, evacuate persons to safety
during storms, disasters, fires or other emergencies.
The incumbent is expected to maintain a high standard of physical fitness and hand and eye coordination
in order to maintain his or her semi-annual qualification with his or her assigned firearm and annual
qualification with his or her assigned departmental issued intermediate weapons. Strenuous physical
exertion is also required during many required and recurring training activities such as those related to weapons training, Active Threat Response training and Ground Defense and Recovery training.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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