This position serves as a Police Officer within the Police Service in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Maryland VA HealthCare System in located in Loch Raven, MD.

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As a VA Police Officer the primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Protection of personnel, government and private property, and civil rights of individuals.
Conduct preliminary investigations of incidents ranging from violation of policy to a major felony, and the preservation of a peaceful environment of the facility. Investigate complaints, obtain and properly process evidence, seek witnesses, interview complainants, victims, witnesses, suspects, etc.
Obtain witness statements and prepare cases for prosecution by Federal, State or City prosecutors. Use basic police skills in patrol of hospital buildings and grounds.
Observe all activity occurring at the hospital and is constantly alert to acts of a suspicious nature. Respond immediately to reports of a crime or crime in-progress.
Conduct crime scene assessments. Intervene to abort criminal acts or to investigate and initiate appropriate actions. Make arrests, detain suspects who may be resisting arrest, subdue individuals when necessary, and process arrested persons through incarceration procedures.
Respond to fire alarms in the medical center taking appropriate action to save lives, and property until help arrives, and report safety violations to appropriate officials.
Respond to disturbances in progress; subdue individuals who may present a threat to themselves or others, using only the amount of physical force necessary and weapon employment as prescribed.
Testify in courts of law as arresting officer or witness.
Provide safety escort for people during tours of darkness when needed. Maintain a high state of physical condition, care for and wear uniform" in accordance with established procedures.
All other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 12 hour fixed tours based on seniority, to include weekends and holidays. However, subject to change based on needs of the department.
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/PD16058A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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


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

Specialized Experience: 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. This experience should demonstrate that it has provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protection of life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in any of the following: 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.

Examples of specialized experience include performing duties, such as:
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 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
Pursuing and apprehending person
Subduing individuals causing disturbances
Identifying and arresting violators
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
Analyzing facts to identify suspects and develop case information.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. The incumbent must respond to alarms, pursue suspects, participate in training activities, climb stairs and walk during assigned foot patrols in and around large building, campus, and other physical settings. 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. Incumbents must be physically able to lift or carry injured or hurt persons, evacuate persons to safety during storms, disasters, fires or other emergencies. The incumbent is expected to maintain a high standard of physical fitness and hand and eye coordination in order to maintain his or her semi-annual qualification with his or her assigned firearm and annual qualification with his or her assigned departmental issued intermediate weapons. Strenuous physical exertion is also required during many required and recurring training activities such as those related to weapons training, Active Threat Response training and Ground Defense and Recovery training.

Police Officer Requirements:
1. Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted State Driver's License.
2. A character investigation to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government.
3. Both a medical and psychological examination are required.
4. Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition 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 position, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.
5. Selectee is required to maintain proficiency and qualify with both a handgun and a long gun. Additionally, selectee is required to maintain proficiency with intermediate weapons and defensive tactic techniques.
6. Must successfully complete and graduate from LETC (Law Enforcement Training Course) police academy. When selected to attend law enforcement schools or training academies, selectee must be capable to successfully complete those individual schools or academic and physical fitness standards or be subject to termination.

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/ .


There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

Additional information

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.


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Documents Required:

  • Resume

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.

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