Containment and Emergency Response Operation (Cert) Police Officer
U.S. Capitol Police

Washington DC, District of Columbia
No longer open

Excepted Service Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 8, 2016 ()
    Close: April 22, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    Internal Job Number: USCP-16-1653612-LEM
  • Organization Details
    U.S. Capitol Police
    Legislative Branch
  • Salary Information
    $63,703.00 - $114,351.00 Per Year
    45% above average

    Pay Band: LP-0083-03/03
  • Who Can Apply?
    Current USCP Sworn Employees Only
Position Summary

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE (USCP) is a law enforcement agency in the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government. Our mission is 'To protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism.' We Protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment; We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the people who carry out the process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action; Every American who visits the Capitol, as well as those visitors from around the world, is a member of our protected community and sees first-hand how we are the best of America's spirit and diversity; As an agency, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce derives from almost all 50 states and territories, with some representation from other countries. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, where we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential; and We represent the best in American policing. We act on the world stage every day of the year, as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capabilities, and homeland security. We are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that is reflective of the Legislative Branch and its role in America's democracy.


All candidates must meet the following Eligibility Factors.


1. Must be a USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant, and must have attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC) by the closing date of this announcement.

2. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

3. Must have received a minimum rating of 'Meets Expectations or Higher' on the most recent Performance Evaluation and Communication System (PECS).

4. Must be in full and unrestricted duty status as of the closing date of this announcement.

5. Must not be in restricted leave status as of the closing date of this announcement.

6. Must not have a medical shaving waiver on file as of the closing date of this announcement and throughout the vacancy process.


1. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and a government issued travel card.

2. Must satisfactorily complete all required training and be able to pass an annual CERT Physical Abilities Test (PAT).

3. Must obtain and maintain required CERT certifications.

4. Must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period upon completion of the required CERT training.

5. Must be available to work flexible working hours, as well as extended hours.

6. Must satisfactorily pass INOVA physical and respiratory fit test to wear gas mask.

7. Must be able to travel to attend training and support Congressional Delegations, including but not limited to:  Congressional retreats, specific and credible threats on Members of Congress, funerals, and political conventions.

8. Must be able to travel on commercial, military and private airplanes, helicopters and trains.

9. Must maintain continuous satisfactory performance in the position.

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The following selection process will be used to further assess candidates who have met the initial eligibility factors. Candidates must qualify under each phase to be considered in subsequent phases.

Phase I: Initial Qualification - The Office of Human Resources will conduct an eligibility factor review as outlined in this vacancy. In consultation with OHR, a review of all candidates' personnel Jackets will be conducted by an appointed assessment panel.

Phase II: Physical Ability Test (PAT) - A complete description of the PAT is contained in the EVALUATIONS section of this vacancy announcement.

Phase III:   Complete a CERT Qualification Combat Pistol Course with a qualifying score of 350 or higher.
Phase IV: Oral Interview and Past Performance Review. The assessment will include a review of each applicant's KSAs, personnel jacket, resume, and performance evaluation. In addition, each qualifying candidate will have an oral interview with CERT commanders and team leaders to further determine the assessment of each candidate's skills.
Phase V: Satisfactory completion of the Firearms Qualifications Assessment Training. A ten (10) day introductory CERT Firearms training course will be conducted in which candidates will become familiar with and qualify with weapons currently used by CERT operators by the end of the ten (10) day period.
Phase VI: Satisfactory completion of the Psychological Assessment Examination. Candidates will receive a psychological assessment examination conducted by the Department contract provider.

Phase VII: Satisfactory completion of an INOVA physical and respiratory fit test to wear gas mask.

Phase VIII:  Satisfactory completion of the CERT Basic Training Course, an intensive SWAT training course before assignment to CERT, or an outside Agency SWAT school, or both determined by the Bureau Commander.


Results of this selection process will be used to recommend candidates to the hiring manager, who is the final selecting official. The Office of Human Resources will conduct a disciplinary action review. The hiring manager at his discretion may elect not to select a recommended candidate for reasons such as: substandard performance; serious sustained misconduct; and/or pending investigations internally or externally.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • As required to perform the duties of the position
Relocation Authorized
  • No

As a CERT officer, you will perform tactical operations concerned with the physical measures designed to safeguard Members of Congress, employees, and visitors to the U.S. Capitol grounds and facilities to safeguard against damage, terrorist activity, and/or theft. CERT officers perform law enforcement and emergency response activities that require quick assessment of conditions and elements; make determinations between established alternatives such as the kinds of action to take and the level of force to use; and provide tactical coverage and leadership during emergency and civil disturbance situations.

BENEFITS USCP offers a competitive benefits package.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The U.S. Capitol Police is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions and is included in a collective bargaining unit.

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