OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country.
Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life.
VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.
Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.
The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
The VA is much more than just another employer.
It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.
Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.
The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.
The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").
America's Veterans need you!
Please read the entire qualifications section very carefully, including the "Additional Requirements." To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level, you must meet the following requirements: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Police Officer.
This experience should have 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.
Specialized experience must have included active arrest authority and firearm proficiency with a license to carry; experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying.
This specialized experience may 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; arresting violators caught in the act or who readily admit to guilt; 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; patrolling; pursuing and apprehending person; subduing individuals causing disturbances; identifying and arresting violators; taking charge of a crime or accident scene and restricting access to those persons required on the scene; seeking detecting, and protecting evidence and witnesses at the scene of an incident; 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; and analyzing facts to identify suspects and develop case information.
NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
NOTE: You must provide detailed information of your experience performed.
Information such as "I was a Patrolman", "I was a Police Officer for a number of years," or "I enforced Federal, State, county, and laws" is insufficient to determine your qualifications.
Experience must be fully documented on your Resume' and must include job title, duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION: 1. 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.
Applicants are required to pass agency Government Vehicle Drivers physical examination.
2. VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification.
3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend and successfully pass an 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.
4. A character investigation will be conducted on applicants selected for employment.
The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government.
5. A medical examination is required.
The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.
The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice.
6. 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.
A psychological examination is required.
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 positions, 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 an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.
IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) As a condition of employment, must qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, annually with an expandable Straight Baton (MEB), maintain a valid State or Commonwealth Driver's License and pass annual physical and psychosocial assessment.
Applicants must be able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9).
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: ARREST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.
All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates.
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.
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; religious; 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.