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Police Officer United States Capitol Police Occupation: Police Patrol Officers
Location: Washington, DC - 20510 Positions available: 20
Job #: 1285584
Updated: 4/1/2021 Expires: 3/31/2021
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The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. The USCP protects and secures Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure, and open environment.


AUnited States Capitol Police Officer LP-0083performs a full range of police duties and responsibilities:

  • Enforces Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and enforces USCP rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
  • Physically protects the U.S. Capitol complex (buildings and grounds), Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Takes charge of accidents and crime scenes, restricting access to crime scenes; observes, stops, and questions suspicious persons.
  • Prepare reports and testifies in court.
  • Performs protective services, safeguards Federally-owned buildings and property, and protects government equipment and property.
  • Upon successfully completing training and a probationary period, time-in-grade requirements, and all experience requirements, future competitive promotions are available to advance to other duties-a higher rank or an officer assignment within a specialized area. USCP specialized areas include, e.g., Special Operations Division, Canine Explosives Detection Team, Containment Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Threat Assessment Section, and Hazardous Incident Response Division.


Conditions of Employment

    Online Application and Questionnaire

    Your completed application and required documents must be submitted by the closing date of this Vacancy Announcement to receive further consideration.

    Your online application and answers to the attached assessment questionnaire will be reviewed and evaluated. As a result of this initial review, qualified applicants will be required to submit additional biographical information and supporting documents. A list of these documents will be provided to you during the selection process.

    Further Evaluation of Qualified Candidates

    Pre-Employment Screening

    Candidates will be required to submit an Authorization for Release form and additional information via a Personal History Statement (PHS). The information provided, along with a review of a candidate's credit, criminal history, and driving record, will be reviewed.
    The Peace Officer Background Investigation Tracking System (POBITS) is an automated system used by investigators to efficiently manage background investigations. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the POBITS system, where they will be instructed to provide their Personal History Statement (PHS).


    Initial Assessment Phase

    Following the pre-employment screening, candidates may be invited to participate in the Initial Assessment Phase of the USCP hiring process, all facets of which will be conducted virtually at a location of their choice. This phase consists of an Orientation, Police Officer Selection Test (POST), and Pre-Employment Interview. The Initial Assessment Phase measures a candidate's initial suitability for the position of Police Officer. It also provides the applicant with an overview of the USCP and its hiring process.
    The Initial Assessment Phase consists of three components:
    • Orientation Session- An overview of the USCP mission, hiring process, training, and employment opportunities.
    • Written Exam- The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will test the candidate's knowledge of basic math, reading, and grammar. A passing score of at least 70% (seventy percent) must be obtained ineachsection.
    • Pre-Employment Interview- A personal interview will be conducted to review, confirm, and clarify all submitted information to determine each candidate's suitability for the position of Police Officer.
    The Orientation, POST, and Pre-Employment Interview will require candidates to use a video conferencing system.
    Note:All online portions of the hiring process require the use of a desktop or laptop computer. The use of cell phones and tablets will NOT be allowed for video conferencing. It is highly recommended that all candidates become familiar with the use of their computer's webcam and microphone.
    Applicants who successfully complete the Initial Assessment Phase will be issued a Conditional Offer of Employment and will enter the Examination Phase of the hiring process.

    Examination Phase

    The Examination Phase consists of psychological, medical, and polygraph examinations, as well as the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Oral Board. The psychological exam will occur online and require the use of a desktop or laptop computer, camera, and microphone. Following the psychological exam, all efforts will be made to schedule the medical, polygraph, and PRT consecutively and concisely in Washington, D.C. This will be a candidate's first required visit to our nation's capital during this process
    • Psychological - Candidates complete a battery of psychological assessments and a clinical interview. The psychological examination will last approximately four to six hours. Candidates are encouraged to be well-rested and eat prior to the examination.
    • Medical - The medical examination will determine if a candidate is medically qualified to perform the functional requirements of the job. Candidates will be required to fast (abstain from food) prior to the medical examination.
    • Polygraph - The polygraph examination is used to confirm information obtained through the selection process.
    • Physical Readiness Test (PRT) - The PRT consists of three events: a timed 300-meter run, a push-up test, and a 1.5-mile run. These events are scored as pass/fail and the minimum requirements are based on a candidate's gender identity and age.
    • Oral Board - Candidates will be invited to participate in a behavioral-based interview before a panel of USCP supervisors. Candidates preparing for the interview should draw on previous work-related and life experiences that are relevant to the questions. Interviews are held utilizing an online video conferencing system that will require the use of a desktop or laptop computer, camera, and microphone. Candidates will not be required to travel to Washington, D.C. for this portion of the process.
    Background Investigation

    The final phase of the selection process requires candidates to undergo a full background investigation that will include a thorough review and verification of the candidate's employment history, employer, residential, and personal references, in-depth criminal and credit history, and academic records.
    • Must be a United States citizen.
    • Must meet position age requirements.
    • Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver's license.
    • Must show evidence of responsible driving in the last three years.
    • Male applicants must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Travel for hiring assessments and training is at the applicant's expense.
    • Must successfully complete a full field background investigation.
    • Polygraph, medical assessment, criminal, credit, and tax check required.
    • Must successfully complete all required training.
    • Must successfully complete a probationary period.

    Candidates must meet the following requirements to be minimally qualified for this position:

    U.S. Citizenship --Only United States Citizens will receive consideration. Qualified applicants will be required to provide proof of citizenship early in the selection process. Naturalized citizens must be able to participate and complete a holistic and verifiable background investigation of their personal and professional backgrounds.

    Age Requirements-- Applicants must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment and not older than 37.
    • Sworn officer positions with the USCP are subject to the mandatory retirement provisions of the Capitol Police Retirement Act which require officers to separate/retire from the USCP by age 57.
    • As a result of the mandatory retirement requirement, you may be older than age 37 only if you are currently serving in-or you previously served in-a Federal civilian law enforcement position that is subject to the mandatory retirement (by age 57) rules AND the years of law enforcement you already served PLUS the prospective/expected years of USCP law enforcement service will allow you to accumulate at least 20 years of combined total Federal law enforcement service by age 57.
    Education-- High School diploma or GED certificate is required.

    Valid Driver's License-- Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license that has not been revoked or under suspension for the past three (3) years.

    Criminal History Check-- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years.
    • A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.
    • USCP Police Officers are required to possess a firearm and ammunition. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition and are ineligible for the position.
    Credit Check-- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans.

    Selective Service Registration-- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration.

    Fingerprint Check-- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

    Background Investigation-- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full-field background investigation.

    There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.

    How to Apply
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/31/2020 to receive


    Agency contact information

    Police Officer Recruitment

    Phone:(202) 593-3370
    119 D Street NE
    Washington, DC 20510

    Next steps

    1. Your application will be considered in the order of receipt.
    2. Your online application will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to whether you will be considered for employment.
    3. A notification of your application status will be sent to you via email.
    4. If considered, respond and provide all requested documents and information in a timely manner.

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    Salary Range: $64,173.00 (minimum) DOE (Depends on Experience) 401K, Dental, Holidays, Life Insurance, Medical, Retirement/Pension, Sick Leave, Tuition Assistance, Uniform Allowance, Vacation, Vision Other Benefits: Not Available Full or Part Time: Full Time (30 Hours or More) Job Duration: Over 150 Days Type of Job: Regular
    Shift: Other, see job description
    Hours per Week:
    Hours Not Specified

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    Special Software/Hardware skills needed: No

    Specialized Job Requirements
    Test Requirement: Employer will perform testing - Drug Testing/Screening,Background Checks,Motor Vehicle Record Check
    Driver's License Required: Yes, Operator License.
    Minimum Age Requirement: 21. Reason for Age Requirement: Hazardous.

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    Police Patrol OfficersGreen Occupation 25 1
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