Police Officer

Fort Wayne, IN
Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10 is recruiting for a Police Officer. The Police Officer will function in Police Service; ensuring a safe and secure environment across all VA administrations and properties within various settings, including a variety of jurisdictional environments, such as VHA Medical Centers and facilities, Inpatient Clinics, Outpatient Clinics, and domiciliaries.

Salary

$35,265 – $74,483 per year

Closing

11/29/2022

Responsibilities:

Protects individuals during any given situation against threats to personal safety when enforcing laws and regulations;
Responds immediately to and engages potentially armed individuals during active threat response situations;
Responds to highly dangerous and active crimes in progress, making independent decisions and taking immediate steps to preserve life and property;
Mitigates opportunities for assault, illegal entry, and theft involving highly protected information, property and/or processes at facilities containing special protective methods;
Provides patrol in vehicles, by foot and/or on a bicycle;
Responds to calls for police assistance, irregularities, and unusual or suspicious circumstances;
Conducts asset protection during transport;
Writes comprehensive incident reports;
Provides policing services in various environments where each type of jurisdiction (Exclusive, Concurrent and Proprietorial) has different enforcement rules;
Seeks, detects, seizes, and protects evidence and witnesses at the scene of an incident;
Detects and intervenes in criminal activity;
Enforces traffic rules and regulations, including those related to speeding and reckless operation of vehicles while impaired or intoxicated;
Conducts investigative contacts/stops, exercising search and arrest authority, detaining witnesses, and apprehending suspects;
Advises individuals of their rights (such as Miranda, Weingarten, Garrity, etc.), and protecting the constitutional and civil rights of persons;
Intervenes, when necessary, to deescalate situations and determine when and how much force must be applied;
Conducts prisoner transports to holding facilities and courts as required;
Conducts disaster response and recovery;
Provides Basic Life Support (BLS) to injured personnel and coordinates additional emergency response when needed;
Coordinates and directs search, rescue, and recovery for persons at high risk (e.g., missing or wandering patients, minors, etc.), including coordinating with local surrounding police departments to expand the search parameters;
Investigates incidents and takes steps to mitigate further risk and resolve situations;
Performs and provides training on drug and contraband intervention where contraband identification and knowledge is imperative;
Intervenes, when needed, to deescalate active suicidal behavior and/or prevents suicides; and
Prepares case files and testifying in court as it pertains to enforcing laws and regulations.

Qualifications:

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process and complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
  • Selected 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.
  • Selected applicants must achieve and maintain qualification/certification with the agency-approved firearms as condition of gaining and continuing employment as a Police Officer.
  • Selected applicants must successfully pass the VA Police Officer Standardized Training at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Certification in basic CPR is required.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/29/2022.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Candidates may be advanced without time restriction to positions up to GS-5 if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade the employee held within the preceding 52 weeks under his or her latest nontemporary competitive appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

To qualify at the GS 05 level:

  • Specialized Experience: Specialized experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-04) in Federal Service; and may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position. OR,
  • Education & Experience: 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 3 months of specialized experience or 6 months of general experience.

To qualify for the GS-06 level:

  • Specialized Experience: Specialized experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-05) in Federal Service; and may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.
  • There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Public Safety and Security
  • Security
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Arrest
  • First Response
  • Interpersonal Skills

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.