These two positions are located within the Police Service at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Duties performed include the following:
Completes investigations and enforces Federal, appropriate State and local criminal codes, VA Directives and Regulations in the protection of life and property.
Prepares complete investigative reports and presents cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and California State Prosecutors Office for criminal prosecution.
Testifies before Grand Juries, U.S. District Court, state and/or local courts.
Maintains effective relations with local law enforcement officials, which results in a positive image of the VA and the community.
Investigates complaints, obtains physical evidence, seeks out and questions witnesses and suspects, takes testimony and arrests offenders.
Employs a methodology consistent with established criminal investigative techniques in performing crime scene searches, proper handling of physical evidence, photographing crime scenes, making sketches, locating and lifting latent fingerprints and rendering detailed reports.
Reviews investigative reports that have been submitted by Police Officers to determine necessary follow-up as well as determine the accuracy and completeness of reports and direct corrections as necessary.
Verifies information in statements and or documents in order to identify the authenticity in the presence of non-credible information.
Conducts surveillance of individuals and locations as necessary.
Conducts protective security risk assessments of facilities and recommends security enhancements/changes.
Tour of duty: Shift work with a varying schedule.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE GS-08 LEVEL: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Police Officer. Qualifying Specialized Experience includes: 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.
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.
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 8-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. 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.
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 qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, 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).
There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-08 level.
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.
Experience must be fully documented in your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of criminal investigations, rules of evidence, the functions and jurisdiction of other Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies.
2. Skill in conducting interviews and interrogations, analyzing statements and finding discrepancies, recognize, collect and preserve evidence.
3. Skill in conducting surveillance, ensuring criminal cases are supported by evidence, developing supportable cases for presentation and/or prosecution, interpreting complex laws and regulations, as well as prescribing corrective action or remediation in difficult and complex work assignments.
4. Ability to process information, determine cause and effect relationships, and make independent decisions.
5. Knowledge of applicable VA Regulations, Federal, State and local laws pertaining to the full range of law enforcement, physical security and force protection.
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.
Your rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.