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Vacancy Announcement


Vacancy Announcement Number: POLICE.01

Opening Date: 01/01/2002
Closing Date: Continuous
Position: U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER LP-0083- 01/03
Salary: $45,074 - $52,312 per year

Promotion Potential: LP-03

Duty Location: 100 vacancies at Washington, DC

Created by Congress in 1828, the purpose of the United States Capitol Police was to provide security for the United States Capitol Building. Today, our mission has expanded to provide the Congressional community and visitors with the highest possible quality of a full range of police services. These services are provided through the use of a variety of specialty support units and a network of foot patrols, vehicular patrols, and fixed posts.

Today's Capitol Police Officer has primary responsibility for protecting life
and property, preventing, detecting and investigating criminal acts, and
enforcing traffic regulations throughout a large complex of congressional
building, parks, and thoroughfares. Additionally, the protection of Members of Congress, Officers of Congress, and their families is expanded by statute to the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.


The United States Capitol Police is seeking qualified applicants. An
intensive selection process involving a written examination, interview,
polygraph examination, background investigation, psychological evaluation, and medical examination helps ensure the selection of the highest quality recruit officers for our Department.

Next test dates: 10:00 AM
3/19/05, 6/18/05, 9/17/05

- Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment, but not have reached your 37th birthday at date of appointment (age MAY be waived with prior qualifying Federal law enforcement experience.)
- Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.
- Must be a United States citizen
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
- Must be in excellent physical health.
- Must be a mature, responsible individual with a high degree of tact,
motivated for police work, able to work with a minimum of supervision, and interested in assisting all members, employees, and visitors of the
Congressional community.
- Cannot be involved in any pending criminal litigation.

Providing our officers with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of
their daily assignments is a primary concern of our training staff. Training
begins at full pay with one week of orientation at our training facility in
Washington, D.C. followed by ten weeks of intensive training in such areas as:police procedures, psychology, criminal law, laws of arrest, search and seizure and physical defense techniques at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. After graduation from FLETC, recruits return to our Capitol Police Training Academy for ten weeks of additional training. After graduation, Officers are assigned to a field training officer and then continue to develop their skills through on-the-job experience and continual in-service training. Public relations, firearm proficiency, and physical fitness training are among the many areas stressed throughout an officer's career.


A wide assortment of interesting and rewarding career opportunities are
available to you as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer. Assignments in the areas
of Protective Services, Criminal or Special Investigations, Drug Enforcement, Containment and Emergency Response Team, K-9, Communications, Motorized and Mountain Bicycle patrol, Hazardous Devices, and Electronic Countermeasures and other units exist for those who desire to enhance their career. Selection and assignment to these units is accomplished on a competitive basis and is available to Officers after 1-2 years of field experience. Additionally, after 3 years with the Department, you may compete in the promotional process.


Starting salary: $45,074 per annum
After training: $46,653 per annum
PFC (30 months service: $52,312 per annum
- 10 paid holidays annually.
- Additional duty, including court time, is compensated.
- All uniforms and equipment are furnished at no cost to the Officer.
- Free use of the Fitness Center which offers health training and counseling,individualized fitness programs, and a full range of exercise equipment.
- Annual Leave: 13 days to start, 20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15
- Sick Leave: 13 day per year an may accumulate without limits.
- Life Insurance: Group life insurance at low cost.
- Health Insurance: Choice of a wide variety of group health benefits plans for Officers and eligible dependents.
- Retirement: Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) eligible for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50 or 25 years of service at any age.
Voluntary contribution to the tax deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), with
government matching for a portion of employee contributions.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Send Mail to:
U.S. Capitol Police
119 D Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20510

For questions about this job:
Recruiting Section
Phone: 2022249814
Internet: [email protected]
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