Veteran Health Administration Police Officer in El Paso, Texas

Announcement Number: FI-16-YKo-1719304-BU-OCA

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): El Paso, TX

Open Period: 2016-06-01 to 2016-09-30

OverviewWho May Apply

Agency Employees Only

Appointment Duration

Agency Employees Only

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1719304

This announcement is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be referred when received. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Job Summary

The El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 17 Network, and is a standalone ambulatory care facility with over 900 employees and growing. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal vacation and predictable work hours.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are abundant and located conveniently in town. Available outdoor adventures include camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snow tubing.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a western town. El Paso offers a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and two states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, and some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; people from all over the world come here to live, work, gather for business and retire.

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver's license.

  • Time-in-grade restriction for GS-06 grade level only

DutiesMajor Duties

The purpose of this position is to perform the enforcement of Federal, state and local traffic and criminal laws to include applicable Department of Veteran Affairs and Fort Bliss regulations. The duties performed involve the protection of life and property and the orderly flow of traffic throughout the EPVAHCS grounds.

Major Duties:

  • Perform policing functions such as arresting or detaining persons or seizing contraband, property, or assets;

  • Conduct searches or inspections of persons, baggage, vehicles, or other materials;

  • Enforce protection of civil rights of individuals while on federally owned property in preservation of a peaceful environment, investigates accidents;

  • Make judgment calls regarding presence of probable cause for warrant searches;

  • Advise persons of their constitutional rights and present competent professional testimony in court;

  • Make checks of various areas to determine whether the area is secure and/or if criminal activity is occurring;

  • Perform crime prevention activities;

  • Assist during a fire or other emergencies;

  • Use a variety of equipment to record evidence and document criminal activity, such as cameras, recorders, transmitters or other such electronic devices and equipment;

  • Write investigative and follow-up reports;

  • Interview and question witnesses and suspects;

Customer Service.

Work Schedule: Various Rotating Shifts Work

Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer, 756-1016-A, 756-1017-A

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience GS5: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-04) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: work that has been performed under general supervision, and included providing public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting person and property, record facts to prepare reports to document incidents and activities; providing surveillance and patrol.

This experience should have provided the 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; basic investigative methods and techniques to investigate violations or reports of probable incidents.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05.

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.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Specialized Experience GS6: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: work that has been performed under general supervision, and included regularly pursuing and/or arresting persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest, actually subduing individuals causing disturbances, arresting violators based on eyewitness accounts, performing control desk duties, taking charge of a crime or accident scene, and conducting long- and short-range investigations.

There is no educational or training substitution for the GS-06 level.

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.

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.


  • Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted driver's license, have a safe driving record, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.

  • VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification.

  • New VA Police Officers are required to attend a 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An Officer who is convicted of a domestic violence violation can no longer be authorized to own, be issued, purchased or otherwise have possession of a handgun under the Lautenberg Amendment (P.L. 104-208), dated September 30, 1996.

  • 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.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.


Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 0.5 hour); Pulling hand over hand (up to 0.5 hour); Pushing (up to 0.5 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Crawling (up to 0.5 hour); Kneeling (up to 0.5 hour); Repeated bending (up to 0.5 hour); Climbing, legs only (up to 0.5 hour); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Operation of motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Ability to use and desirability of using firearms; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Specific visual requirement 20/50, 20/100; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing without aid; Emotional stability under stress; Ability to run in pursuit of suspects; Hand strength tested with dynamometer.



You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position at the GS-05 grade level.

Competency 1 - Knowledge of law enforcement and crime prevention procedures

Competency 2 - Ability to conduct preliminary investigations.

Competency 3 - Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position at the GS-06 grade level.

Competency 1 - Knowledge of Federal, state and local laws and civil and constitutional rights.

Competency 2 - Knowledge and proficiency in the use of specialized weapons & equipment, as well as the tactics for deploying them in emergency situations.

Competency 3 - Ability to initiate, plan and conduct investigations.

Competency 4 - Ability to communicate with a variety of persons in a wide range of situations.

Competency 5 - Skill in applying general law enforcement practices, procedures and techniques.

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 résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 30, 2016 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume ·SF-50

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·Other ·Other Veterans Document ·SF-15 ·Transcript

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1719304.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework is not available for this position.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

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.

This is a bargaining unit position.