U.S. Capitol Police Police Officer Uniformed Services Bureau (USB) Police Training Officer in Washington, District Of Columbia

U.S. Capitol Police
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) post academy Police Training Officer Program (PTOP) is designed to support and complement the training provided by the USCP Training Services Bureau (TSB). The PTOP delivers a curriculum merging academic instruction with operational activities to validate critical skills required of USCP police officers. The PTOP training is delivered by Police Training Officers (PTO) assigned to operations within the Uniformed Services Bureau (USB). Probationary officers are carefully supervised and evaluated throughout the process to maximize exposure to the tasks required of police officers.

Note: Multiple vacancies exist. The number of PTO positions will be determined by the needs of the Department.

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, its legislative processes, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

As the United States Capitol Police -

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 a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all states and the U.S. territories. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, and we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential;

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. As ambassadors of the Congress, 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.


As a Police Training Officer (PTO), you will:

  • Provide on-the-job training to new officers immediately following graduation from the United States Capitol Police Training Academy. Responsibilities include providing direction to a new officer in daily operations and related field operations and various facets of police service within the Congressional community. PTOs provide field and scenario-based training, ensuring that the probationary officer experiences different facets of police work.

Evaluate and advise on the trainee's progress by observing performance of the trainee and preparing observation reports. Evaluate the trainee's handling of assignments and documentation of incidents/events. Identify deficiencies of individual trainees and collaborate with the PTOP Sergeant and Division Coordinator to develop and implement a remediation plan to assist the trainee in successful completion of field training.

Evaluate training materials for currency, applicability and technical accuracy. Research and evaluate the validity and pertinence of course materials and determine the most effective methods and procedures for organizing training materials that provide adequate, clear and detailed coverage of law enforcement subjects. Collaborate with the PTOP Sergeant and Division Coordinator to develop training books covering the law enforcement functions and procedures of the Division; determine pertinent issues and collect relevant information from a variety of sources; and review information and apply standard analytical techniques.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a current USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant.
  • Must have attained the rank of Private First Class.
  • Must be assigned to the Uniformed Services Bureau (USB).
  • Must be in possession of and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Must successfully complete all required training.
  • * * * * ### Qualifications
  1. Must be a USCP Officer below the rank of Sergeant and have successfully attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC) and successfully completed his/her probationary period by the closing of this announcement.

  2. Must have received an overall minimum rating of 'Meets Expectations' or higher on the most recent Performance Evaluation and Communications System (PECS) appraisal.

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

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

The following selection process will be used to further assess candidates who have met the initial eligibility factors.

Candidates must qualify under each phase of the selection process described in the announcement in order to be considered in subsequent phases.

Phase I: Initial Qualification - The Office of Human Resources (OHR) 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: Self-Assessment - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) will be evaluated by an appointed assessment panel.

Phase III: Structured Interview - The OHR will conduct a disciplinary action review. The hiring manager, at his/her 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.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Applicants will be notified via internal USCP email of their status at the conclusion of each phase of the selection process described in this vacancy announcement.



United States Capitol Police provides additional compensation to sworn personnel who have been selected and have successfully completed PTO training while they are assigned probationary police officers. The Chief of Police has sole discretion to update or revise the PTO pay policy, consistent with applicable law and regulation.

Other Information

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants must address all KSAs shown within the space provided in the on-line application. Applicants not addressing all rating factors may be found ineligible for selection and/or may not receive appropriate credit or further consideration. Please provide clear, concise examples of education, experience, and/or training that enabled you to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the factors.

In addition, performance evaluations and supervisory comments may be used to further evaluate and determine suitability for selection. Candidates must qualify under each phase of the Selection Process described in this announcement in order to be considered in subsequent phases.

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.

Salary Range: $63,703.00 to $103,721.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: LP-0083-03/03

Promotion Potential: 03

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Must be a USCP Sworn employee assigned to USB

Control Number: 450477900

Job Announcement Number: USCP-16-1746486