US Department of Veterans Affairs
- Recognizes and determines if a crime is about to be committed, is in the process of being committed, or has already been committed.
- Distinguishes and properly classifies criminal or civil violations that may occur.
- Recognizes difference in “normal” and “deviant” behavior.
- Independently conducts foot patrol for a prescribed patrol area over the course of a regular shift.
- Writes Investigative Reports covering incidents on his/her shift containing pertinent information, which is factual, classified properly, and submits such reports in a timely manner.
- Informs individuals about their rights as suspects and/or witnesses.
- Responds to calls or alarms involving crimes in progress or just discovered.
- Questions victims and witnesses at the scene of an incident to determine the reasons for a call for assistance.
- Issues citations for personally observed violations of the law, rules, or regulations.
- Assists victims of accidents or assault by providing first aid, and/or calling for medical assistance, or assists in transporting to a specific location for medical treatment.
- Obtains statements from persons involved in or witnessing accidents.
- Records observations about traffic conditions, vehicle locations and other pertinent information for accident reports.
- Pursues and apprehends persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest while on VA property.
- Subdues individuals causing disturbances such as in family disputes, disrupting normal working operations, etc.
- Identifies and reacts to overcome life threatening situations such as natural or man-made disasters hostage, situations, terrorist attack, kidnap, or felony assault.
- Gives out crime prevention information and advice during patrols and when in contact with individuals.
- Directs traffic ensuring normal traffic flow, especially during congested times such as shift change and when an accident has occurred.
- Conducts extensive foot patrols and conducts physical security checks to include testing alarm and intrusion system.
- Other related duties as assigned.
Job family (Series)
- Officers, Police
- Police Officers
Conditions of Employment
- 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
Work Schedule: Varies, Multiple Shifts; Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays Required. Currently working fixed tours of duty, but subject to change in accordance to local agreement. The incumbent may be assigned to variety of work tours such as, but not limited to; (8) hour tour, (12) hour tour or a primary rotating “float” position (which floats between open shift vacancies, covering all assigned tours). Required to work days/nights/weekends/Holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer #00924A
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Creditable Specialized Experience 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, forest, or other natural resources or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills. Experience as a Security Guard or Corrections Officer is NOT normally qualifying experience.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level Federal service that equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Police Officer position at the GS-6 level. Specialized experience is defined as 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 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.
Examples of Specialized Experience may include responding to calls or alarms involving crimes; questioning individuals at the scene, establishing the identity of injured parties, identifying the nature of incidents, and taking statements; informing individuals about their rights as suspects and/or witnesses; operating radar or other speed detection equipment and pursuing speeding vehicles when enforcing traffic regulations or laws; arresting violators caught in the act or who readily admit to guilt; issuing citations; enforcing speed limits; assisting at accident scenes; preparing reports that describe events that may be used in future legal actions; responding to duress alarms and subduing unruly individuals; patrolling; pursuing and apprehending person; subduing individuals causing disturbances; identifying and arresting violators; taking charge of a crime or accident scene and restricting access to those persons required on the scene; seeking detecting, and protecting evidence and witnesses at the scene of an incident; making arrest and performing booking procedures, conducting investigations; questioning and taking statements from victims, witnesses, and complainants; interrogating suspects; applying all correct rules of search and seizure; and analyzing facts to identify suspects and develop case information.
There is no educational substitution for the GS-XX level.
Requirements for Police Officer Positions:
New VA Police Officers are required to attend a ten-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment.
Officers are required to carry agency-approved firearms while on duty on VA property. Officers must achieve and maintain qualification with the agency-approved firearm as condition of gaining and continuing employment as a Police Officer.
Officers must also successfully complete physical and psychological examinations prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment.
Applicants must possess a valid State license, have a safe driving record and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.
Applicants selected for this position must be proficient in the English language in accordance with Public Law 94-102 dated November 23, 1977.
An individual who is convicted of a domestic violence charge cannot be authorized to own, be issued, purchase, or otherwise have possession of a handgun under the Lautenberg Amendment (PL 104-208) to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 USC 922).
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
This is a testing designated position. 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 the VA. At the GS-06 grade level, applicants MUST have arresting authority – presently or in the past.
Physical Demands : Work requires regular, recurring, and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, and crouching or crawling in restrictive areas or physical exertion in the defense of oneself against physical attack.
Work Environment: Work environment consists of constant, inherent risk of physical endangerment that could result in loss of life or serious bodily harm. In such situations the officer may not have control over the situation and may not have time in which to take preventive measures. The officer may be required to arrest, detain, or otherwise control or respond to personnel who may be armed, under the influence of alcohol/drugs and may be mentally impaired. Work also requires patrolling during severe weather with wide annual variations in climatic conditions. Working conditions may involve travel on unimproved roads and/or roads which have not yet been cleared of snow/ice. As an emergency response member, the officer must also respond to chemical/biological treats, accidents, and/or incidents.
Medical Standards: Must be capable of performing the designated physical and mental functional requirements essential to the duties of the police officer position. These requirements are contained in VA Handbook 0730. Law Enforcement personnel must also successfully complete physical and psychological examinations prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/ .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee’s credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
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: Evidence of experience, must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held . Please provide such documentation on your application or resume. Also, please provide work experience information such as hours per week and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of experience. The requirement for this proof is specified in the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
-DD-214 (required if qualifying based on military service occupation)
-SF-50 (current employees should submit most recent SF-50 that shows grade/step/tenure)
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application. Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans’ Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans’ Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This position serves as a uniformed Police Officer assigned to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center, Hines, IL, appointed as a law enforcement official under Title 38 of the United States Code. Section 1.218, authorized to carry firearms and make arrests.
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