Veteran Health Administration SUPERVISORY POLICE OFFICER in Waco, Texas

Announcement Number: AG516206AAM-1793684

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Waco, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-02 to 2016-09-12

OverviewWho May Apply

Current permanent employees of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and Veterans Canteen Service ONLY.

Appointment Duration

Agency Employees Only

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1793684

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?

As a professional at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Job Summary

The VA needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

The Department of Veterans Affairs - Central Texas Health Care System is located in Temple, Texas, which is centrally located between Austin and Dallas. It is one of the VA's largest integrated health care systems with facilities in Austin, Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, Bryan-College Station and Waco. Texas has no State Income Tax.

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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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.

DutiesMajor Duties

Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Police Officer / PD#07916A.

Work Schedule:Rotational Shifts (including weekends and nights).


The Supervisory Police Officer (SPO) provides administrative and technical supervision for six to ten Police Officers to ensure work of the unit is accomplished. He/she observes and evaluates the performance of police personnelassigned to his/her supervision. He/she is responsible for correcting below standard performance of personnel and his/her subordinates skills by variation of assignments to different positions. The Incumbent initiates requests for personnel to meet requirements and assists in final decisions concerning appointments, promotions, reassignments, and other status changes or recognition of outstanding performance. The SPO will assist the Assistant Chief, Police Service in the assignment of staff in Police Service, exercises a maximum degree of communication and contact with the physically dispersed shift force. The SPO is further responsible for enforcement of all offenses against the criminal laws of the United States, the protection of all civil rights and presentation of all peaceful environments, and the protection of all property owned and controlled by the US Department of Veterans Affairs from sabotage, espionage, fire and willful damage or destruction. The SPO's primary duties are the enforcement of Federal Laws and VA regulations; preservation of the peace; the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes occurring on Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) controlled property; arrests of violators; traffic control; the provision of assistance for citizens in emergency situations; including the protection of personnel, civil rights, and VA owned or controlled property. The SPO serves as the police operational adviser to the Assistant Chief, Police Service in developing policies regarding law within the CTVHCS on behalf of the Chief of Police. The supervisor directs and plans Police Services personnel, and directs and controls the preliminary investigations into criminal activities that include felony and misdemeanor investigations, allegations of fraud, misconduct and mistreatment.

This is a NON-BARGAINING UNIT position.


* If patient needs arise, the incumbent of the above position may be reassigned within Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. *

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

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

Specialized Experience:

Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

a. Enforces appropriate Federal, State, and local criminal codes in the protection of human life, public property, and the civil rights of all individuals, Including the preservation of a peaceful environment;

b. Plans, directs, and supervises the work of subordinates;

c. Advises on procedures, standards, and responses to address law enforcement and security requirements;

d. Determines resource needs and allocates resources in response to patrol and security weaknesses.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-08 level.

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: 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 DEMANDS: Work requires, on a regular and recurring basis, considerable and strenuous physical exertion, such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, lifting heavy objects over 45 pounds, crouching or crawling in restrictive areas during search or pursuit activities, and defending oneself or others against physical attack.


The work environment regularly involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress, which require a range of safety and other precautions. Officers work in a high crime area where the public has easy access and officers must patrol in locations where persons may be armed while attempting auto theft, vandalism, narcotics transactions, and other offenses which can lead to assault with or without a weapon in order to avoid arrest. The work is performed in a setting in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, such as high/low temperatures, climbing stairs in office buildings, walking foot patrol in and around large buildings or adverse weather conditions during extended periods of patrol duties. He/she may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as respirator, boots, and goggles. The incumbent's daily duties expose him/her to potentially dangerous situations in maintaining a safe environment for others. The risk of physical attack by armed and unarmed persons is ever present during routine duties.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of a pre-employment/pre-placement examination may be required.

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 For a GS-08 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.



You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1 – Knowledge of Federal, state, and local laws and VA rules and regulations regarding crime.

Competency 2 - Skill In supervising a police unit and performing supervisory work.

Competency 3 - Skill In investigative techniques relating to criminal activity and administrative investigations.

Competency 4 - Ability to communicate orally and in writing while performing supervisory work.

Competency 5 - Knowledge of crime prevention techniques Including electronics and physical security measures.

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

a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)

a. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest time stamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsibility to check the status and time stamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.

b. If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.

c. For qualification determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you may not receive consideration for this position.

  1. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

  2. Most Recent SF-50 showing grade and step. Since you must meet time-in-grade requirements, submitting only one SF-50 showing grade and step may not be enough. You must be able to show at least one year time-in-grade by submitting the necessary SF-50s that document the time in grade.

  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section)..

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 12, 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 ·OF-306 ·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.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 1793684.

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 regardingapplicant notification pointscan 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 eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA 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 on about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.


a. Applicants are required to successfully complete a physical fitness test in accordance with the physical fitness standards issued by the Law Enforcement Training Center as part of the pre-employment process to determine fitness for duty as a Police Officer.

b. 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. Armed officers must maintain current (annual) physical examinations and psychological assessments as a condition of continued employment as a VA police officer.

c. Applicants are required to undergo and successfully pass a background investigation, which may include the administration of a polygraph examination.

d. Applicants are required to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening test and must submit to random drug testing after employment.

e. New VA Police Officers are required to attend an 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.

f. All Department police officers must achieve and maintain qualification in the use of agency approved firearms at an armed facility as a condition of continued employment as a VA Police Officer. Firearm range qualification and use of force training will be completed every 6 months.

g. VA Police Officers will possess a valid state operator's license (driver license). (In accordance with Texas law, an individual can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another state or country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas. The individual must apply in person at any driver license office for a Texas driver license within those 90 days to continue driving legally.)

h. VA Police Officers must be able to be trained in the use of and utilize approved batons and chemical OC irritant projectors.