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Police Officer

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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Summary

The incumbent serves as a Federal police officer working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) performing law enforcement and security duties pursuant to Title 38 USC Sec. 902. VA police officers are a vital part of ensuring a safe and secure environment. VA police officers not only carry out their policing duties but are often the first to interact with and assist Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities.

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Responsibilities

This is an Open Continuous Announcement to establish a standing register of qualified candidates to refer as vacancies occur or as requested by facility hiring officials.

Current vacancies exist at Sioux Falls, SD and Nebraska facilities. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies for the other listed facilities at any time for up to 90 days after the announcement closes.

Please reference the following locality-based salary ranges applicable to each medical center within this announcement:

Des Moines, Iowa ($38,495 - $55,783) Iowa City, Iowa ($41,059 - $59,058) Minneapolis, Minnesota ($51,324 - $74,373) Saint Cloud, Minnesota ($46,494 - $67,374) Grand Island, Nebraska ($42,580 - $61,702) Lincoln, Nebraska ($35,265 - $66,110) Omaha, Nebraska ($45,621 - $66,110) Fargo, North Dakota ($45,925 - $65,008) Fort Meade, South Dakota ($35,265 - $51,103) Hot Springs, South Dakota ($35,265 - $51,103) Sioux Falls, South Dakota ($35,265 - $51,103)

The mission of the VA police officer is to serve and protect Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities. 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 ls 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 l 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 Judgement 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.

Performs a full range of police duties by following and executing rules, regulations, or procedures covering law and rules enforcement, physical, and personal security operations, patrol duties, control desk duty, coordination with local courts, and/or crime prevention activities for the local jurisdiction.
Patrol VA facilities, identify situations where criminal activity has occurred or is about to occur, assess danger and threats, and take proper recourse, including taking statements, making arrests and conducting short and long-term investigations.
Use various special weapons and tactics at least 25% of the time to resolve security and law enforcement-related issues.
Works within a mix of jurisdictional arrangements.
Ensures compliance with and enforces a full range of Federal, state, territorial, and/or commonwealth, county and municipal laws, ordnances, rules, and regulations.
Initiate investigative stops on suspicious and potentially dangerous persons, determining whether their presence and/or actions are authorized or require some level of corrective/enforcement action.
Prevents and/or resolves criminal offenses at the scene; conducts preliminary investigations at the crime scene; pursues and apprehends persons fleeing from a crime scene or resisting arrest; informs individuals about their rights as suspects; provides testimony in court; takes charge of a crime or accident scene and interviews witnesses of a crime or accident.
Conduct recurring security assessments of Department property to identify security vulnerabilities that may result in crime-conducive conditions.
Proactively conducts random anti-crime measures sets (RACMS) such as: identification verification, bag and package checks or operation of a magnetometer screening device as directed by police leadership.
Targeted patrolling or limited duration fixed posts to mitigate escalation of criminal activity in a particular area.

Work Schedule: 12-hour rotating shifts; nights/weekends/holidays (to be further discussed during interview with local hiring officials)

Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/ 99925A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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0083 Police

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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process 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.
A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.
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.
New VA Police Officers are required to attend and pass the 10-week Police Officer Standardized Training (POST) course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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 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.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/30/2021.

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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

GS-05 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: maintaining order to protect life and property; taking initial complaints; interviewing witnesses; securing a crime scene and conducting limited searches; responding to emergency situations; gathering information and preparing reports; conducting routine patrol, traffic control, and traffic accident investigations. Experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. 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 and year start/end dates AND hour worked per week.. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position. Transcripts required.
OR, Combination: Applicants with a successful completion of a Federal, State, county, or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond . Transcripts must also be included in the application package.
GS-06 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Specialized experience includes maintaining order to protect life and property; taking initial complaints; interviewing witnesses; securing a crime scene and conducting limited searches; responding to emergency situations; gathering information and preparing reports; conducting routine patrol, traffic control, and traffic accident investigations. Experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. 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 and year start/end dates AND hour worked per week.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Arrest Criminal Investigation First Response Interpersonal Skills Public Safety and Security Security

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; religions; 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.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work requires, on a regular and recurring basis, considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as running, frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, and carrying items weighing over 50 pounds. It requires stamina, physical agility, dexterity, and the strength to pursue, apprehend or detain persons who are often uncooperative, assaultive, and/or armed.

Lautenberg Agreement: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g) (91)). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

Education

There is no educational substitution at the GS-06 grade level.

For the GS-05 grade level a transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Comparable degrees may include the following, and would include course work related to Police Science:

Corrections, Criminology, Forensic science, Prelaw studies, Criminal justice, Sociology, Criminal psychology, Law enforcement administration, Rehabilitation

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa City , Police Officer, Other , Iowa City, Iowa

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