Safety and security is paramount to ensuring that the VA can successfully fulfill President Lincoln's promise to care for him who shall have born the battle, and for his orphan by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. Veterans should be able to enter any VA facility across the country with the confidence that they will receive a consistently high level of protection and customer service from VA police officers. This is accomplished through crime prevention activities, typical law enforcement actions, emergency response capabilities, special training and tactics, and weapons, equipment and systems utilization, and Veteran Centered Policing.
Veteran Centered Policing is a VA-specific model by which the VA police force serves and protects Veterans, employees, and all others who access VA care and services. This model of policing goes beyond law enforcement and focuses on ensuring that VA police demonstrate the ideals of the Department's core values reflected In the acronym I CARE (Integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence) when interacting with Veterans and those that also serve Veterans. Successful application of Veteran Centered Policing requires VA police use good independent judgment in assessing situations and determining appropriate responses. VA police must work in partnership with other VA employees to first and foremost carry out the VA mission of serving Veterans. Traditional policing activities should be limited to situations in which the safety and security of the Veteran or others takes precedence over delivering an excellent customer experience.
The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, such as high levels of noise in industrial settings, high temperatures in confined spaces, or severe weather conditions during extended periods of traffic and patrol duties. The employee may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, bullet resistant vests or shields. The work involves moderate to high risk requiring exercise of safety precautions when working around hazardous materials such as toxic gases, explosives, infectious biological materials, and others that pose a moderate risk of exposure. The work also involves moderate risk and discomfort when working outdoors without shelter or operating vehicles for extended periods of time over rough terrain.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/06/2018.
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.
Specialized Experience Requirement: To qualify as a GS-06, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level performing duties 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.
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.
You will also be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Public Safety and Security
Veteran and Customer Focus
Current Law Enforcement Training Center Academy Trained Veterans Administration Police Officers will be considered best qualified.
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. The officer 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.
Police Officers are regularly required to work scheduled and no-notice periods of overtime.
Drug Testing: 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.
Onboarding: Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Work Environment: The work environment regularly involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress which requires a range of safety and other precautions. This level includes work in areas such as hospitals, cemeteries, and other VA centers where the public has access and officers must patrol.
The work performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, such as high levels of noise in industrial settings, high temperatures in confined spaces, and adverse weather conditions during extended periods of traffic and patrol duties. The work also involves moderate risk and discomfort when working outdoors without shelter or operating vehicles for extended periods of time over rough terrain.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:
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.
VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification.
Current Certified VA Police must have completed VA Basic Law Enforcement Academy Training, without a separation period greater than 3 years at the time of position appointment.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume - Your resume must include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.
Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire (this is part of your on-line application process).
SF-50 - If you are a current or former Federal Employee - Most recent SF-50-Notification of Personnel Action.
DD-214 - If you are a veteran - DD-214-Honorable Discharge/Release from Active Duty (Member 4 copy).
SF-15 - If you are a veteran claiming preference - SF-15-Application for 10 point veteran preference (form can be found at: ( www.opm.gov/forms ), VA Regional Office letter -If claiming 10-point veteran preference.
Schedule A Letter - If you are applying under Schedule A - Schedule A Letter Issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.
LETC Certificate - If you are applying as a current VA Police Officer.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.