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.
We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, the people who carry out the legislative process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action.
Every American who visits the Capitol-as well as visitors from around the world-become part of our protected community.
They see the USCP first-hand as the best of America's spirit and diversity.
As a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representing many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages.
Our workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, believing that inclusiveness makes our workplace stronger.
The USCP respects each individual as a person and as a professional.
The USCP acts on the world stage every day as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capability, and homeland security.
We are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that reflects the Legislative Branch and its role in America's democracy.
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.
Age Requirements-Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 39.
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 59.
As a result of the mandatory retirement requirement, you may be older than age 39 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 59) 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 59.
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.
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. https://www.sss.gov/Registration/check-a-Registration/Verifcation-Form 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, driving under the influence, theft, arrest, 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.