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Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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The Incumbent must maintain a high degree of physical fitness and be capable of coping with danger arising from arrests and confrontations with belligerent, intoxicated, threatening, assaultive and/or emotionally disturbed persons. Incumbents will apply skills to de-escalate situations whenever possible and apply force when necessary to establish and maintain control and/or protect themselves and others from injury or death. During active threat situations such as an active shooter the incumbent is required to follow his/her training and take the necessary action to neutralize the threat. The incumbent must maintain proficiency in specialized weapons, equipment and tactics for defending against and/or repelling terrorist’s attacks, active threats, natural disasters, and chemical, biological and/or radiological hazards and all emergency situations. The officer’s proficiency is gained through initial and refresher training and is maintained and demonstrated in drills, simulations, and refresher training as a function of normal patrol and protection duties.
The officer responds to all calls or alarms involving a crime in progress, crimes just discovered, and disturbances; pursues and apprehends persons fleeing from a crime scene; possesses expertise in the use of unarmed defense and offender restraint using the minimum application of physical force and weapon employment necessary as described in agency policy when subduing or disarming individuals such as offenders who resist, forcibly assault, oppose, impede, and interfere with police officers; also other individuals such as persons involved in family disputes, or persons disrupting normal working conditions.
Incumbent takes charge of crime scenes or accident scenes and restricts access to persons required on the scene. The officer must analyze facts quickly in order to identify suspects or witnesses and develops case information for use in pressing charg.es and bringing suspects to trial; seeks, detects, gathers, and protects evidence; takes statements from witnesses; interrogates suspects; clarifies conflicting statements; makes arrests; transports arrested persons to the Washington County Detention Center, and performs booking procedures. The incumbent provides full support to medical center mental health clinics and programs which expose the officer to daily contacts with suicidal and homicidal patients, patients who are intoxicated, under the influence of drugs or exhibiting other forms of bizarre behavior. The incumbent responds individually or with psychiatric intervention teams to protect persons from injury and restore order when the incident escalates beyond the management capabilities of clinical staff. Often these individuals are creating a disturbance, uncooperative, and combative requiring the officer to use good crises intervention techniques or necessary force to bring a situation under control.
The incumbent is skilled in the use of weapons and carries the Beretta 9mm Firearm, OC Pepper Spray Projector (CIP) and the Expandable Straight Baton (ESB). He/she must successfully complete training to be certified in the proper use of all three weapons and exhibits good judgment in determining the level of force to use, including deadly force.
The Incumbent is responsible for the enforcement. investigation, detention and apprehension of individuals suspected of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States, State and laws and regulations governing security and law enforcement within the Department of Veterans Affairs; the protection of patients, visitors. Employees and property against physical threats and harm; determines the need for and conducts searches to collect and secure evidence and contraband; secures crime scenes and accident and disaster sites. He/she must marinate a working knowledge of the laws and regulations as well as Supreme Court decisions affecting constitutional rights such as the 1st, 4th, 5th, 16th and 14th amendments. The incumbent performs high visibility, vigorous patrol activities that address priority enforcement areas specified by VA, the US Attorney’s Office and police leadership.
Work schedule: 12 Hour Shifts, 06:45 - 19:00/18:45 - 07:00
Position Description Title/PD#: POLICE OFFICER/ 60279A
Supervisory status No Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation
Physical Requirements: The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the physical requirements relate. 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. 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. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/27/2018. Time-In-Grade Requirement
: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
KSA 1 - Knowledge of Federal, state and local laws and civil and constitutional rights.
KSA 2 - Skill in applying general law enforcement practices, procedures and techniques.
KSA 3 - Ability to initiate, plan and conduct investigations.
KSA 4 - Ability to communicate with a variety of persons in a wide range of situations.
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
: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Education
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or 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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Location/Region: Johnson City, TN (US)