Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Position Opening at in Reno, Nevada

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The position is located at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Police Service, in Reno, NV. You will serve as a Police Trainer/Instructor. The mission of the Police Trainer/Instructor is to serve and protect Veterans, patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, affiliates, visitors, and others who frequent VA facilities. Police Officers carry firearms as well as utilize non-lethal chemical irritant projector weapon and side-handle baton and require expertise in the use of unarmed defense and offender restraint.

Duties of the position include:

  • Plans all departmental training each fiscal year and recertification as scheduled;

  • Develops additional training to other officers as assigned or needed IAW the VA LETC and FLETA standards;

  • Oversees the maintenance and completion of all training records/materials for each officer each fiscal year;

  • Primary Firearms Instructor, and Active Threat Response Instructor;

  • Questions witnesses and principals in crimes reported on VA property;

  • Primary MEB Baton/O.C. Instructor, and Ground Defense and Recovery Instructor;

  • Evaluate modifications of policy, procedures and orders and how it will affect continuity of police operations;

  • Evaluates modifications to tactical plans; participate in the development and implement of training goals and objectives;

  • Coordinates with representatives of other services during support operations;

  • Coordinates with members of other law enforcement organizations;

  • Provides re-certification training in the expandable straight baton and CIP for all Police Service personnel;

  • Provide initial certification and semi-annual recertification firearms training;

  • Serves as a Liaison Officer between Police and Education Department ensuring all police completes required TMS courses;

  • Serves as subject matter expert in coordination with other law enforcement agencies in meeting the police officers' training needs;

  • Teaches Police force the levels of "Use of Force" varies from restraint, exercise of minimum force, and the use of deadly force;

*Work Schedule: *Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm (may be required to work evenings and weekends, and holidays).

This position may also be required to work 12 hour shifts in the absence of uniformed police officers in order to maintain compliance with VA requirements for two uniformed police officers on campus at all times.

Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer, GS-0083-08, PD# 04944-O

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel between Community Based Outreach Clninics is required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • 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.
  • Subject to physical examinations and psychological assessments
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must attend training at the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC).
  • Time in grade restrictions may apply
  • Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted state driver's license.

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving, and similar activities. The incumbent must respond to alarms, pursue suspects, participate in training activities, climb stairs, and walk during assigned foot patrols in and around a large building, campus, and other physical settings. Agility, dexterity, and strength are needed to pursue, apprehend, and detain uncooperative suspects. On a regular and recurring basis, the work requires strenuous exertion and/or physically restraining disorderly individuals to prevent harm to others. The incumbent must be able to physically lift or carry injured or hurt persons, evacuate persons to safety during storms, disasters, fires, and other emergencies.

The incumbent is expected to maintain a high standard of physical fitness and hand and eye coordination to maintain his or her semi-annual qualification with his/her assigned firearm and annual qualification with his/her assigned departmental issued intermediate weapons. Strenuous physical exertion is also required during many required and recurring training activities such as those related to weapons training, Active Threat Response Training, and Ground Defense and Recovery Training.


To qualify for this position,you must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement and you must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the OPM Qualifications Standards, Police Series, 0083, Individual Occupational Requirements information.

*Medical Requirements: *The duties of this position require moderate to difficult physical exertion and or duties of a hazardous nature. Officers must maintain current (annual) physical examinations and psychological assessments as a condition of continued employment.

*Drug Testing: *All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test result. VA employees in drug testing designated position are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

*Time-In-Grade: *

GS-08: Current federal employees must have served a minimum of 52 weeks at or above the GS-07 level in the Federal Service to meet the time-in-grade requirement for the GS-08. *GS-09: *Current federal employees must have served a minimum of 52 weeks at or above the GS-08 level in the Federal Service to meet the time-in-grade requirement for the GS-09.


GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 in Federal Service.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-08 in Federal Service.

Specialized Experience: Do you possess one (1) year of specialized experience related to this position? To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: experience which 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; Plans all departmental training each fiscal year and recertification as scheduled; Develops additional training to other officers as assigned or needed IAW the VA LETC and FLETA standards; issuing traffic citations; questioning individuals at the scene of a crime; informing individuals about their rights as suspects; subduing unruly individuals; and preparing written reports involving criminal and/or civil offenses. Oversees the maintenance and completion of all training records/materials for each officer each fiscal year; Evaluates modifications to tactical plans; participate in the development and implement of training goals and objectives; You must possess knowledge of applicable laws of the Federal, state, county, or municipal government, possess arrest authority and have the ability to use a firearm. In addition, you must have sufficient knowledge to prevent and/or resolve criminal offenses at the scene; conducting preliminary investigations at a crime scene; pursuing and apprehending persons fleeing from a crime scene or resisting arrest; providing testimony in court; taking charge of a crime or accident scene; and interviewing witnesses of a crime or accident. 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.

No substitution of education or training may be made for the required specialized experience at 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: Work as a Security Officer, Watchman or Private Guard is not considered as specialized experience for this position.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: VA Law Enforcement Training


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.

Additional information

Other Conditions:The incumbent is required to attend and complete training as scheduled; successful completion of the required Basic Patrol Officer Course (BPOC) at the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC); meet all required continuous in service training standards; complete all required training programs that are deemed so by the Medical Center; accomplish any other training that is designed to improve knowledge of law enforcement techniques and foster positive relationships at the Medical Center/Outpatient Clinic.

VA Police Officers are required to maintain proficiency in all weapons and tactics issued and utilized as part of their official duties. VA Police Officers are required to achieve and maintain qualification on multiple weapons potentially including, but not limited to: batons, handguns, long guns, and lethal or non-lethal munitions. In addition, Police Officers will maintain qualifications on other equipment/tactics as required to include: defensive driving, various thermal imaging devices, radar guns, or riot control equipment.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive has not been authorized.

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.

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 position is not required to file a financial disclosure report

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


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

  • Knowledge and skill in analyzing facts, reviewing statements for applicability, developing and following leads and developing case information for use in pressing charges & bringing suspect to trial.

  • Knowledge of and the ability to train/manage/oversee a new VA Health Care System Police Service Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditations standards mandated by the Officer of Security and Law Enforcement and the Department of Justice.

  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of specialized weapons and equipment, deploying them in emergency situations.

  • Knowledge of the rules of evidence, chain of custody, rights of individuals arrested, VA police standard operating procedures, protection of crime scene, collection and processing evidence.

  • Ability to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies pertaining to applicable law enforcement and intelligence type training.

  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance checks and services, performance function inspection, limited technical inspection and detail technical inspection of all Veteran Affairs Police owned weapons

  • Ability to initiate, plan, and conduct investigations.

  • Ability to communicate with a variety of persons in a wide range of situations.

  • 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

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

  • SF-50

  • 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 2017287.

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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How 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 Thursday, November 02, 2017 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.

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Next steps

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.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 11/02/2017

Salary: $52,209 to $63,954 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 08

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent