Police Officer (FEMALES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY)


Vacancy ID: 760060   Announcement Number: HP-646-12-KE760060   USAJOBS Control Number: 328170900

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Vacancy Identification Number

Please include the Vacancy ID (760060) in the space provided.
1. Title of Job

Police Officer (FEMALES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

05
06

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Police Officer

21. Geographic Availability

99MTRO011 Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Please choose the answers below that best describe your employment and experience. Note: "Target grade" is the highest grade included in this announcement. Current federal employees: to determine if you are on an Excepted Service appointment, look at block 34 of your latest SF-50.

1. If you are a permanent employee of the facility in which this vacancy is offered, choose one of the statements below. Otherwise, choose E.

A. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in a career or career/conditional appointment.
B. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in an Excepted Service appointment.
C. I hold the target grade, or a higher grade than the target grade, on a permanent basis.
D. I held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis, but I am currently in a lower grade.
E. I am not a permanent employee of the facility where this vacancy is offered.

2. If you are a permanent VA employee, choose one of the statements below. Otherwise, choose E. Note: If you are a facility employee, choose the same answer you gave to Question 1.

A. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in a career or career/conditional appointment.
B. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in an Excepted Service appointment.
C. I hold the target grade, or a higher grade than the target grade, on a permanent basis.
D. I held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis, but I am currently in a lower grade.
E. I am not a permanent VA employee.

3. If you currently are a permanent employee of another federal agency (NOT VA), choose one of the statements below. Otherwise, choose E..

A. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in a career or career/conditional appointment.
B. I have not held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis. AND I am currently in an Excepted Service appointment.
C. I hold the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis,.
D. I held the target grade of this vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis, but I am currently in a lower grade.
E. I am not a permanent federal employee.

4. If you are a FORMER federal employee with reinstatement eligibility AND you are not a current federal employee, choose one of the statements below. To be eligible for reinstatement, you must have been served in a career appointment, or served in a career-conditional appointment within the past three years. The three-year limit does not apply if you have Veterans Preference.

A. I have not held the target grade of the vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis.
B. I have held a position at the target grade or higher, on a permanent basis.
C. Neither A or B apply to me.

5. Are you a 30% OR MORE COMPENSABLY DISABLED VETERAN? To be eligible, you must have retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, OR have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

A. Yes.
B. No.

6. Are you a VETERANS RECRUITMENT ACT (VRA) APPOINTMENT? (You can only choose this answer for vacancies announced at or below the GS-11 grade level or an equivalent grade.) To be eligible, you must have been separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge). Also, you must be: a disabled Veteran; OR a Veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized (you must have received the campaign badge or medal); OR a Veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which you received an Armed Forces Service Medal; OR a recently separated Veteran (separated within the past three years).

A. Yes.
B. No.

7. Are you eligible for a VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ACT (VEOA) APPOINTMENT? This means that you have Veteran Preference or you are a Veteran separated after substantially completing at least 3 years of continuous active duty service performed under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge).

A. Yes.
B. No.

8. Are you eligible for some other NONCOMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT? This includes appointment based on an interchange agreement, severe disability, eligibility of some military spouses, or similar authorities. Please visit http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp to see information about interchange agreements and other noncompetitive appointments. MILITARY SPOUSES: please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx for more information about appointment eligibility.

A. Yes.
B. No.

If you chose A, please tell us the type of appointment for which you are eligible (for example, military spouse eligible).

9. VERIFICATION STATEMENT: Your rating is subject to verification based on the résumé, narratives and other relevant documents you submit, and through verification of references as appropriate. Deliberate attempts to falsify information are grounds for non-selection and for termination. In addition, falsifying information on your application can result in your being barred from federal employment. Please choose A to certify that your answers are accurate and complete.

A. I certify that my answers are accurate and complete.
B. I do not wish to certify. I understand that I will not be considered for this position.

Select the appropriate answer to each of the following questions based on your current level of education and/or experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and education are subject to verification by investigation. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or education as proof to support your answers, or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

Select the appropriate answer to each of the following questions based on your background and experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and education are subject to verification by investigation. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or education as proof to support your answers, or may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

1. Choose the ONE statement that best describes your ability to qualify for the position of Police Officer at the GS-5 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4) with responsibilities close to the work of this position that has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Police Officer. 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.
B. I have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of a police officer. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
C. I have a combination of appropriate education or training and specialized experience as described in this vacancy announcement. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
D. I do not possess the experience, education and/or training described above, but I am willing to be trained.

2. Choose the ONE statement that best describes your ability to qualify for the position of Police Officer at the GS-6 level. 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.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience as a Police Officer outside of the Federal Government that is equivalent to a GS-05 or higher grade level. Specialized experience must include active arrest authority and firearm proficiency with a license to carry; experience as a security guard or corrections officer is generally not qualifying. Examples of specialized experience may include performing duties, such as, 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 person; 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.
B. I do not possess the experience described above, but I am willing to be trained.

For each task in the following groups, indicate either Yes or No. If applying by fax using OPM Form 1203-FX, darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25. Please select only one letter for each item.

3. Do you currently have - or have you ever had - arrest authority?

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered yes, please provide information regarding the position(s) you held that required arrest authority and the length of time you were in that position.

4. Are you proficient in the English language?

A. Yes
B. No

5. Do you have a current, valid State driver's license?

A. Yes
B. No

Please indicate either Yes or No for the following questions.

A- Yes
B- No

6. Applicants are required to successfully complete a comprehensive medical and psychological examination prior to entering on duty to determine fitness for duty as a Police Officer. Will you comply with this requirement?

7. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation?

8. Applicants are required to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening test and must submit to random drug testing after employment. Will you comply with this requirement?

9. New VA Police Officers are required to attend a 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment. Would you be willing to attend such training in a location that may be away from your current residence?

10. A Police Officer may be expected to continue irregular duty hours either at the Medical Center, local police offices, or at court especially during investigations of serious criminal incidents. This type of working schedule may negatively affect or burden family responsibilities. Are you willing to accept these working conditions?

11. Police Officers encounter people experiencing extreme poverty and personal hardship, such as separation from family who are difficult, hostile or distressed. Police Officers may also witness drownings, vehicle accidents, and other tragedies. Police Officers are occasionally exposed to people who carry infectious diseases. Would you be able to work in these conditions?

The following is a Certification of Understanding.  RESPONSE TO THIS STATEMENT IS MANDATORY.  Please note, if you do not answer this question, it will result in not being considered for this position.

12. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C.  1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify the information provided above.

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)

Please be aware that your answers will be verified against information provided on your resume'. Be sure that your resume' clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. 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, duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.

Veteran's Preference Documentation Reminder-You must submit proper documentation if you are claiming eligibility for veteran's preference, which includes a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4 or earlier version that shows character of service). Applicant's claiming 10-Point preference must also submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference along with the required documentation listed on the form (such as verification of service-connected disability percentage).
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