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Job Title: Lead Police Officer
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 12/17/2017
Expire Date: 02/15/2018
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Job Description
Lead Police Officer

The Amarillo VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Lead Police Officer to serve at the Amarillo VA. This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. VA Police Officers enforce Federal, State, and local laws concerning the protection of patients, visitors, employees, and property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Amarillo VA Health Care System. The Lead Police Officer assists the Supervisory Police Officer and management representatives in the general operation, coordination and direction of the assigned duty personnel. As an armed Police Officer with arrest authority, he/she is alert to behavior which may result in assault, burglary, theft, and other criminal activities and maintains high visibility throughout the facility. Selectees must pass the basic police course at the Law Enforcement Training Center. Police Officers must pass annual physical and psychiatric examinations as well as qualify and maintain semi-annual firearm proficiency.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts - Regular requirements of this position include callbacks and emergency overtime, evenings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Lead Police Officer, 504-1003-A
Financial disclosure report not required
AFGE Bargaining Unit Position
Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not offered with this position

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

Specialized Experience: In applying for GS-7, do you possess one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Experience which includes active arrest authority and firearm proficiency. Experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. Specialized experience includes: 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 persons; 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. Conducting training classes for other officers and staff, ensure staff coverage in absence of supervisor. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience gained in work on a police force
  • Experience gained through service a military police officer
  • Experience gained while providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments
  • Experience in performing criminal investigative duties.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:

1. Applicants must possess a current, valid 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 10-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.
4. A character investigation may 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. Selected applicants are required to pass agency physical.
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 be qualified to be issued a firearm, fire semi-annually with assigned firearm, qualify 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).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws including civil constitutional rights.
  • Skill in applying general law enforcement practices, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, and conduct investigations.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of persons in a wide range of situations.
  • Ability to direct patrols and instruct officers


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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.

INDESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

*SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Current VA Certified Police Officers are considered Best Qualified.

Time-in-grade: 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.

Physical Requirements: The work requires, on a regular and recurring basis, considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, walking, running, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restrictive areas during search or pursuit activities, or defending oneself or others against physical attack. Body armor may be worn and duty equipment (pistol with extra ammunition, chemical weapon, MEB baton, handcuffs, radio, gloves, keys, etc) must be regulary worn or carried. The weating of this equipment significantly amplifies the physical strain experienced by the employee during physical exertion or during periods of extreme hot and cold weather. Employees are regulary required to work long hours.

The work is performed both in and out of doors, with exposure to the elements. The environment regulary involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress that require a range of safety and other precautions.

The incumbent is required to successfully pass a physical and psychological examination prior to being hired for employment. The incumbent is required to successfully pass annual physical and psychological examinations. In addition, VA Police Officers are required to attend/pass an10 week basic program at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Current, permanent employees of the Amarillo VA Health Care System should submit:
1. Responses to the questionnaire
2. Resume

3. SF 50

All others should submit:
1. Rsum
2. Responses to the questionnaire.
3. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).


Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 2020913.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onFriday, January 05, 2018 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

Specialized Experience: In applying for GS-7, do you possess one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Experience which includes active arrest authority and firearm proficiency. Experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. Specialized experience includes: 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 persons; 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. Conducting training classes for other officers and staff, ensure staff coverage in absence of supervisor. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience gained in work on a police force
  • Experience gained through service a military police officer
  • Experience gained while providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments
  • Experience in performing criminal investigative duties.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:

1. Applicants must possess a current, valid 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 10-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.
4. A character investigation may 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. Selected applicants are required to pass agency physical.
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 be qualified to be issued a firearm, fire semi-annually with assigned firearm, qualify 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).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws including civil constitutional rights.
  • Skill in applying general law enforcement practices, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, and conduct investigations.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of persons in a wide range of situations.
  • Ability to direct patrols and instruct officers


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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.

INDESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

*SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Current VA Certified Police Officers are considered Best Qualified.

Time-in-grade: 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.

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