Police Officer

at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Summary 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. Veteran Centered Policing is a VA specific model by the VA police force serves and protects Veterans, employees, and all others who access VA care and services. Responsibilities Major Duties The incumbent 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. VA police officers 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. Because of the unique nature of the VA’s customers, the incumbent will use various special weapons and tactics at least 25% of the time to resolve security and law enforcement-related issues. The incumbent works within a mix of jurisdictional arrangements (i.e., exclusive, concurrent and/or proprietorial), ensures compliance with and enforces a full range of Federal, state, territorial, and/or commonwealth, county and municipal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The incumbent has jurisdiction and may work at any property owned or leased by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes all Veterans Health Administration facilities, Veterans Benefits Administration facilities, VA National Cemetery Administration facilities, and VA Staff Office facility. Due to the varied environments the incumbent works in and the unique populations he/she serves, VA police are required to have a deep knowledge and understanding of the following elements: Crime Prevention The incumbent must have knowledge in high visibility, proactive patrolling activities based on criminal trends in order to maintain law and order and the safety and protection of Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities in addition to equipment, buildings, and ground on all property owned and controlled by the VA. The incumbent must be able to independently 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. Drawing upon threat reports and local trends, the incumbent must conduct recurring security assessments of Department property. These assessments are typically conducted while on regular patrols of property, but may be directed upon supervisor’s request. The purpose of these assessments is to identify security vulnerabilities that may result in crime-conducive conditions, allowing incumbents to have clear awareness of the facility’s security preparedness. Upon identification of a deficiency, the incumbent will be required to prepare a detailed report regarding these findings and submit recommendations to ensure safety and security. Incumbent works with facility management to request applicable work orders and monitors a complaint or report from mitigation to resolution. Incumbent will use independent judgment in deciding the best course of action based upon the circumstances of the incident. In some cases this may result in educating, cautioning, citing, arresting or providing aid and/or referring the individual to a specific VA program or another Federal, state or local agency. Incumbent must have a working knowledge of clinical programs offered in the medical facility in order to best assist a Veteran and ensure he or she receives the clinical care needed via the correct clinical access point. With regard to assaultive or otherwise disruptive Veterans, the incumbent works with other personnel to ensure the most appropriate outcome is achieved. The ultimate course of action chosen may or may not be a typical law enforcement action, but rather one of a clinical or administrative nature. Incumbent must analyze the facts and consider all information before deciding on the final actions to be taken. Work Schedule: Panama schedule, 7-7, rotating days, nights, holidays, and weekends Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/PD99925A Telework: Not Available Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the Police Officer position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Creditable specialized experience Specialized experience is defined as experience 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, must have had arresting authority. Experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. Resume Reminder – Your resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title Duties (be as detailed as possible) Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include 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, and County laws” is insufficient to determine your qualifications. Experience must be fully documented on your resume; and must include job title, specific detailed duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility): Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee An SF-50 showing 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 Award 50’s do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50’s include: Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or SF-50’s at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. The incumbent must respond to alarms, pursue suspects, participate in training activities, climb stairs and walk

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Job Posting: JC217394884

Posted On: Jun 30, 2022

Updated On: Jul 05, 2022