Special Police Officer

Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)3.4

This position is located in the Department of General Services (DGS), Protective Services Division (PSD), District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Operations Branch. The PSD is responsible for ensuring security of leased and owned property; protecting the lives of persons; and preserving the peace of those Individuals that work and visit within them. The Operations Branch has the primary responsibility for protecting various government properties throughout the District of Columbia from hazards such as sabotage, espionage, trespass, theft, fire, workplace violence, civil disturbance, riots and accidental or willful damage and destruction. This is an armed uniformed Protective Services Officer, with primary duties of providing security and protection, in addition to performing a variety of average to difficult and complex proactive security functions which range from simple rules violations to felony crimes.

Term Appointment Not-to-Exceed 13 months

Other Significant Factors:
Incumbent must satisfactorily complete and pass all training and examinations related to DC Code and DC Municipal Regulations, obtaining a score of 70% or higher as a condition of continued employment.

Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by Fraternal Order of Police and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts, 7 days a week (as various locations throughout DGS/PSD).

This position is designated as Essential. An Essential employee will be required to report to work or stay at work during a declared emergency.

Background Check: This position is subject to criminal background and/or traffic record checks as well as random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to Mayor's Order 2008-92, dated June 26, 2008, and in accordance with Title 1 of the Child and Youth Safety and Health Omnibus Emergency Amendment Act of 2004, effective April 13, 2005 (D.C. Law 15-353; D.C. Official Code 1-620-31 et seq.) D.C. Law 16-195; D.C. Official Code 1-620-32 and 1-620-33) (2006 Repl. and 2008 Supp.) Employment with DGS is subject to satisfactory findings.

Commission: Incumbent must obtain and maintain a valid Special Police Officers commission from the Government of the District of Columbia authorizing them to carry a weapon.

Physical Demands: Incumbent must meet the physical requirements set forth in Title 6A by the District of Columbia Government and qualifications for a Special Police Officer's license. The incumbent must be certified by a licensed physician a physically and psychologically fit to perform the duties of a special police officer. The physical examination will be given by a District of Columbia Licensed Physician at the Police and Fire Clinic. Accordingly, responsibilities may entail exertion of the necessary physical effort to restrain, detain and handcuff individual(s).


Knowledge of the methods, techniques and services pertinent to security and protection of life and property and community and human relations.
Knowledge of the District and Federal governments ordinances, statutes and laws, in addition to PSD general and Special Orders.
Knowledge of the principles of good human relations, in order to properly interface with people on a daily basis.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, in order to write incident reports, log entries, etc.
Knowledge of methods and techniques to investigate reports of incidents within the jurisdiction of the PSD and the ability to determine the appropriate action and response.
Ability to exercise independent judgment in applying a variety of laws, rules and regulations to routine and emergency situations.
Proficient in basic computer usage particularly, Microsoft Office programs and other software used by the PSD.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid driver's license from their state of residence. Incumbent must maintain a working phone for use in the event it becomes necessary to call the officer back to duty.

High School Diploma or Equivalent

Work Experience
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.

Work Environment
The work to be performed is unpredictable and at times dangerous. The incumbent may be exposed to weather conditions for extended periods of time.