Lead Police Officer

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-8 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) 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: Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): 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. Successful completion of a Federal, State, county, or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience or 6 months of general experience. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Leads a team of Police Officers and other administrative staff. Directs day-to-day lead and non-lead policing assignments. Provides staff guidance on how to preserve what is needed for crime scenes. Assigns, distributes, reviews, approves and disapproves employees’ assignments. Provides information/feedback to the supervisor concerning promotions, reassignment, recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs. Interviews witnesses and other persons involved, determines whether facts warrant an arrest or lesser action. Conducts investigations, apprehensions/detention of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States. Detains witnesses and apprehends suspects, makes arrests and performs booking procedures. Provides and/or coordinates staff training during shift briefing or designated training days 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.
The incumbent serves as a Lead Police Officer (Sergeant) ensuring a safe and secure environment across all VA Administrations and properties within various settings, including a variety of jurisdictional environments, such as VHA Medical Centers and facilities, Inpatient Clinics, Outpatient Clinics, domiciliaries and administrative sites throughout the United States.