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. This is accomplished through crime prevention activities, typical law enforcement actions, emergency response capabilities, special training and tactics, and weapons, equipment and systems utilization, and Veteran Centered Policing.
Closing Date: 8/07/20
Salary: $40,005 to $52,008 per year
The incumbent serves as a Federal police officer working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) performing law enforcement and security duties. 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.
The incumbent performs a full range of police duties by following and executing of federal, state, county, and municipal laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. In addition, you must have sufficient knowledge to prevent and/or resolve criminal offenses at the scene; conducting preliminary investigations at a crime scene; pursuing and apprehending persons fleeing from a crime scene or resisting arrest; providing testimony in court; taking charge of a crime or accident scene; and interviewing witnesses of a crime or accident.
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in working 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 of the position.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Criminal Investigation
- Customer Service
- Personnel Security and Safety
- Accident Investigation
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.