Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Law Enforcement, and Security, Military, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Environmental, Web Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Natural Resources
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/04/2019. 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: active arrest authority and firearm proficiency with a license to carry; experience as a security guard or corrections officer alone is generally not qualifying. 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. (Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week). If using military experience to qualify, you must submit a copy of your DD214 (or other comparable military documentation) that shows military police officer experience. When Military service is used to meet the GS-083 minimum qualification Requirements the applicant must have one of these Qualifying Specialties listed on their DD214 Army: 95B / 95C / 31A / 31B / 31D Marine Corps: 5803 / 5805 / 5811 / 5812 / 5813 / 5814 / 5821 Air Force: 08111-114 / 81110 / 81170 / 81172 / 81130 / 81150 / 81112 / 81132 / 81152 / 81199 / 3P1-4 / 3P011 / 3P031 / 3P051 / 3P071 / 3P091 / 75011 / 75031 / 75051 / 75071 / 75091 Navy: 9545 / 0000MA Coast Guard: No code Additional Police Officer Requirements: 1. New VA Police Officers are required to successfully complete the in-residence (320 hour) 10-week Basic Police Officer Course in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment. 2. Officers are required to carry agency-approved firearms while on duty on VA property. Officers must achieve and maintain qualification with the agency-approved firearms as condition of gaining and continuing employment as a Police Officer. 3. Officers must also successfully complete physical and psychological examinations prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment. 4. 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). 5. 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. 6. 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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Criminal InvestigationCriminal LawLearningWriting 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: Works in an environment identified as potential soft targets for Active Threat and other terrorist-like events. The work environment regularly involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress which require a range of safety and other precautions (e.g., subject to possible physical attack or crowd conditions or similar situations where conditions cannot be controlled.) This level includes work in areas such as hospitals, cemeteries, and other VA centers where the public has easy access and officers must patrol in locations where persons may be armed while attempting auto theft, vandalism, narcotics transactions, and other offenses which can lead to assault with or without a weapon in order to avoid arrest. The incumbent is armed with a Department issued firearm, intermediate weapons, and protective vest. The incumbent must wear their issued protective vest during all tours of duty because the incumbent may need to search and disarm patients, visitors and others that could be carrying concealed weapons of any type. The work involves high risk with exposure to dangerous situations subject to possible physical attack by armed and unarmed persons. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook, "police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Police officers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations." Dangers faced by VA police officers include death, Increased risk of infectious diseases, and serious and minor trauma, both physical and emotional. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.