Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Police Officer (Direct-Hire-Authority) in Baltimore, Maryland

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This position is located with the Police Service, within the VA Maryland Healthcare System (VAMHCS). The incumbent serves as the Police Officer. This is accomplished by preserving the peace; the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes occurring on VAMHCS controlled property; arrest of violators; the control of traffic; the provision of assistance for citizens in emergency situations, including the protection of personnel.

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Recognizing and determining if a crime is about to be committed, is in the process of being committed, or has already been committed. Detaining and/or arresting individuals suspected of committing crimes against the criminal laws of the United States, State of Maryland or local laws. Interrogating individuals suspected of committing crimes, interviewing witnesses and obtaining written statements. Performing Terry stops, frisks and pat-downs to determine the presence of weapons in the possession of the suspect being interrogated or interviewed. Informing suspect individuals about their Miranda rights and Weingarten rights (if appropriate). Seeking, detecting, preserving, and protecting evidence and crime scenes. Responding to violence calls in the Medical Center and taking appropriate action to stop violent behavior, arresting the violator if a battery has been committed, obtaining emergency medical treatment and restoring the peace. Independently conducting crime prevention foot and vehicle patrol for a prescribed patrol area over the course of the shift. Issuing Federal Violation Notices, Courtesy Violation Notices (as appropriate) for personally observed violations of the traffic laws, rules, or regulations. Directing traffic, insuring normal traffic flow, especially during hours of congestion, such as shift change and when a motor vehicle accident has occurred. Coordinating with other law enforcement agencies to gather facts or evidence for use in assigned cases, when necessary. Investigating reports of thefts of personal property or lost/stolen government property, identifying suspects and recommending ways to stop further thefts. Writing Uniform Offense Reports, using the Report Exec computer system, covering incidents on the Officers shift to include pertinent information which is factual, classified properly and submits such reports in a timely manner.

Work Schedule: FULL TIME/ROTATING SHIFTS: Weekends and Holidays included Position Description Title/PD#:16057-A Physical Requirements: Must satisfy all criteria as required by GS-0083 Police Officer. When performing as a police officer or instructor, the incumbent is required to perform arduous physical exertion under rigorous and unusual conditions. They are required to lift heavy items over 45 pounds; carry items over 45 pounds, push pull, crawl, kneel, repeated bending and climbing for at least 30 minutes at a time and patrol (walk or stand) for 4 hours. The incumbent is required to rapidly respond to assist victims of violence or other emergencies and to intercede in disturbances at the risk of injury to him. They are required to possess the physical agility to subdue violent and disturbed persons and the communicative skill necessary to persuade these persons to cooperate and/or surrender firearms, knives, or other dangerous weapons without injury to themselves or others

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • May serve a probationary period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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 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: knowledge of general law enforcement methods and techniques; ability to determine if a crime is about to be committed, is in the process of being committed, or has already been committed and recognizing and protecting the crime scene; ability to perform duties effectively in stressful situations in the field of law enforcement; ability to interpret federal and state statutes and laws, agency regulations, and federal, state and local game laws and regulations; ability to performing law enforcement work involved in the preservation of the peace, the arrest or apprehension of violators and provide assistance to citizens in emergency situations, including the protection of civil rights; and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

In addition to the specialized experience above the following requirements have to me met: Qualified applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination, which will include a psychological assessment test. Selected applicants are subject to a character investigation for review of their employment and criminal history, if any, and may be disqualified for employment based on the information received Incumbent will be required to operate a police vehicle and must maintain a valid, state issued driver's license. Incumbent will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and must maintain firearm proficiency. Incumbent will be required to pass the Basic Police Officer Course, given at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mandatory training course is 10 weeks long.Should any of the above conditions not be met, it could result in not being eligible for hire or if hired could result in termination of employment.

Preferred Experience:Arresting Authority

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: 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:

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.

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

**This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


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Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Documents Required:

  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference:Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online.Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/28/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Onlineto create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answersto submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Statuslink and then select the More Informationlink for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Applicationin the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Jennifer Stewart

(410) 605-7000 X3368




VA Maryland Health Care System 10 North Greene Street Baltimore, MD 21201 US

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/05/2018 to 12/28/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 6

Salary: $46,239 to $55,914 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time