Police Officer

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Wilkes Barre, PA

Posted Date 5/22/2020

The incumbent serves as a Federal police officer working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) performing law enforcement and security duties pursuant to Title 38 USC § 902. VA police officers are a vital part of ensuring a safe and secure environment across VA. They not only carry out their policing duties but are often the first to interact with and
assist Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities on a daily basis.

The incumbent performs a full range of police duties by following and executing rules,regulations, or procedures covering law and rules enforcement, physical and personal security operations, patrol duties, control desk duty, coordination with local courts, and/or crime prevention activities for the local jurisdiction.VA police officers patrol 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.

Because of the unique nature of the VA's customers, the incumbent will use various special weapons and tactics at least 25% of the time to resolve security and law enforcement-related issues.VA police officers work within 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, county and municipal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.VA police officers have jurisdiction and may work at any property owned or leased by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This includes all Veterans Health Administration facilities, Veterans Benefits Administration facilities, VA National Cemetery Administration facilities, and VA Staff Office facility.VA police officers may be assigned to and will likely traverse all segments of VA within their area of responsibility.

These properties may be dispersed over a wide geographical area. Incumbent may be required to routinely patrol out-based locations.

The incumbent performs miscellaneous minor duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shift to include Weekends and Holidays
Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/PD00305A
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not AuthorizedTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/12/2020.

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. 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: regularly pursuing and/or apprehending persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest; subduing individuals causing disturbances; arresting violators, based on eyewitness accounts; performing control desk duties; taking charge of a crime or accident scene and conducting long and short range investigations; providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; performing criminal investigations and similar work. OR,
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Arrest
  • Communication
  • Criminal Law
  • First Response
  • Personnel Security and Safety
  • Problem Solving

1. 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.
2. VA Police Officer must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualifications/certification.
3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend an 10-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90-days of entry on duty.
4. A character investigation will be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government.
5. A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate or arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice.
6. Applicants and employees must have the capability to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. A psychological examination is required. In most cases, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthetics or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

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.

Physical Requirements: Routine patrol requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. Responds to alarms, pursues suspects, participates in training activities, climbs stairs and walks during assigned foot patrols in and around the large buildings. Agility, dexterity and strength are needed to pursue, apprehend and detain uncooperative suspects. On a regular and recurring basis the work requires strenuous exertion physically restraining disorderly individuals to prevent harm to others or the individual. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. May work prolonged hours during inclement weather or disaster situations.

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