The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. The USCP protects and secures Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure, and open environment.
Closing Date: 10-31-19
Salary: $61,991 to $61,991 per year
How to Prepare for the Written Test
Applicants take the National Police Officer Selection Test (NPOST). The NPOST is a 4-part 75-minute written exam. Learn how to prepare for the National Police Officer Selection Test.
A United States Capitol Police Officer LP-0083 performs a full range of police duties and responsibilities:
Enforces Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and enforces USCP rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
Physically protects the U.S. Capitol complex (buildings and grounds), Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.
Takes charge of accidents and crime scenes, restricting access to crime scenes; observes, stops, and questions suspicious persons.
Prepares reports and testifies in court.
Performs protective services, safeguards Federally-owned buildings and property, and protects government equipment and property.
Upon successfully completing training and a probationary period, time-in-grade requirements and all experience requirements, future competitive promotions are available to advance to other duties-a higher rank or an officer assignment within a specialized area. USCP specialized areas include, e.g., Patrol Mobile Response Division, Canine Explosives Detection Team, Containment Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Threat Assessment Section, and Hazardous Incident Response Division.
Must be a United States citizen.
Must meet position age requirements.
Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver's license.
Must show evidence of responsible driving in the last three years.
Male applicants must be registered for Selective Service.
Travel for hiring assessments and training is at applicant's expense.
Must successfully complete a full field background investigation.
Polygraph, medical assessment, criminal, credit, and tax check required.
Must successfully complete all required training.
Must successfully complete a probationary period.
Candidates must meet the following requirements to be minimally qualified for this position:
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. Naturalized citizens must be able to participate and complete a holistic and verifiable background investigation of their personal and professional background.
Age Requirements -- Applicants must be at least 21 years old at time of appointment and not older than 39.
Sworn officer positions with the USCP are subject to the mandatory retirement provisions of the Capitol Police Retirement Act which require officers to separate/retire from the USCP by age 60.
As a result of the mandatory retirement requirement, you may be older than age 39 only if you are currently serving in-or you previously served in-a Federal civilian law enforcement position that is subject to the mandatory retirement (by age 60) rules AND the years of law enforcement you already served PLUS the prospective/expected years of USCP law enforcement service will allow you to accumulate at least 20 years of combined total Federal law enforcement service by age 60.
Education -- High School diploma or GED certificate is required.
Valid Driver's License -- Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license that has not been revoked or under suspension for the past three (3) years.