Police Officer

Charleston, SC
Veterans Health Administration

Salary: $47,584 – $68,742 per year.

Closing Date: 09/30/2024.

Position Summary:

This position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Police Service (PS). The mission of the Police Officer is to serve and protect Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities. Safety and security are paramount to ensuring that the VA successfully serve and honor the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as a Police Officer carrying out responsibilities where most work is performed on Veterans Affairs Departmental properties, which includes any properties owned, leased, or licensed to VA.
  • Protect Veterans, volunteers, and others on Departmental property, U.S. officials, other individuals, and him or herself during any given situation against threats to personal safety when force becomes necessary to enforce laws and regulations. Protect Veterans, employees and visitors sensitive and protected medical information from unauthorized release or unauthorized use where prohibited by law and or policy as guided by the privacy officer, FOIA, HIPPA, etc.
  • Carry firearms and other weapons, intervenes when necessary to deescalate situations, and determines when and how much force must be applied.
  • Conduct investigations, apprehensions, or detention of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the US, protection, and transport of U.S. officials.
  • Provide patrol in vehicles, on foot, and/or on a bicycle. Detect and intervenes in criminal activity; respond to calls for police assistance, irregularities, and unusual or suspicious circumstances. Investigate incidents and take steps to mitigate further risk and resolve situations. Provide emergency response coordination as needed.
  • Take charge of significant and catastrophic events (e.g. active threats/shooter, terroristic threats or attacks, suicides, fires, full and partial property closures, infrastructure failures, and natural disasters) until additional resources are mobilized and response plans are fully executed.
  • Coordinate and direct responding personnel and emergency vehicles to safe routes, establishes perimeters, access control and renders aid in the initial command role. Take appropriate action to mitigate hazardous situations.
  • Protect high-value VA assets, personnel and materials and ensures continuity of operations.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • 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.
  • 5 CFR 330.502 – General restriction on movement after competitive appointment.
  • Must possess a current, valid 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.
  • Required to successfully complete a comprehensive medical and psychological examination prior to entering on duty to determine fitness for duty as a Police Officer.
  • Must undergo a background investigation, which may include the administration of a polygraph examination.
  • Required to attend an 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment.
  • May be expected to continue irregular duty hours at the Medical Center, local police offices, or at court especially during investigations of serious criminal incidents. This type of schedule may negatively affect or burden family responsibilities.
  • Must qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, annually with an expandable Straight Baton (MEB), maintain a valid State or Commonwealth Driver’s License and pass annual physical and psychosocial assessment.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).