Police Officer

Columbus, OH
US Veterans Health Administration

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. Veterans should be able to enter any VA facility with the confidence that they will receive high level of protection from VA police officers. This is accomplished through crime prevention activities, typical law enforcement actions, emergency response capabilities, special training and tactics, weapons and equipment.

Closing Date: 09/28/2020

Salary: $47,165 to $61,316 per year


  • Serves and protects Veterans, employees, and all others who access VA care and services
    ensuring VA police demonstrate the ideals of the Department's core values reflected in the acronym I CARE (integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence) when interacting with Veterans and those that also serve Veterans
  • Requires VA police use good independent judgment in assessing situations and determining appropriate responses
  • Work in partnership with other VA employees to first and foremost carry out the VA mission of serving Veterans
  • Performs a full range of police duties by following and executing rules, regulations, or procedures covering laws and rules of enforcement, physical and personal security operations, patrol duties, control desk duty, coordination with local courts, and/or crime prevention activities for the local jurisdiction
  • Patrols 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
  • Works with 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, country and municipal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations


Conditions of Employment
• You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
• Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
• Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
• You may be required to serve a probationary period
• Subject to background/security investigation
• Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2020.

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.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
• Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: pursuing and/or apprehending persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest, subduing individuals causing disturbances, arresting violators based on eyewitness accounts, and taking charge of a crime or accident scene.