Supreme Court of the United States Police - FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER

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Department Supreme Court of the United States Police
TypeEntry Level
Salary$73,852 Entry Level, $73,852-126,255 Certified-Lateral
Deadline Dec 31, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Washington, DC

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Supreme Court of the United States Police, DC Police Jobs



  • This is a full-time position with the Police Department of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

  • $73,852 - $126,255 - Lateral/Certified-Salary range for applicants currently employed as a federal, state, or municipal law enforcement officer with at least one year of full duty service after training. Starting salary is determined upon validation of the current annual base salary with locality pay of the selectee. Recruitment Bonus for Lateral/Certified Hires- $5,000 will be provided at the time of appointment, with another $5,000 provided following completion of 18 months of service. Provision of these payments requires the execution of a two-year service agreement with the department.
  • $73,852 - Entry-level, non-certified

  • The Supreme Court of the United States Police

    The Supreme Court of the United States Police is a Federal law enforcement agency that derives its authority from United States Code 40 U.S.C. 6121. The Supreme Court Police enforce Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, as well as enforce regulations governing the Supreme Court Building and grounds prescribed by the Marshal and approved by the Chief Justice of the United States. The department's mission is to ensure the integrity of the Constitutional Mission of the Supreme Court of the United States by protecting the Supreme Court, the Justices, employees, guests, and visitors.


    The Supreme Court Police are responsible for providing a full range of police services, to include:

    • Protection of the Supreme Court Building and grounds, and persons and property therein;
    • Dignitary Protection for the Supreme Court Justices, both domestically and internationally;
    • Maintain suitable order and decorum within the Supreme Court Building and grounds, to include policing demonstrations and large-scale events;
    • Provide Courtroom security;
    • Prepare numerous reports to include incident, found property, accident, and arrest reports, as well as testify in court.


  • Specialty Units are available to officers depending on time-in-service, completion of training, and experience. The Supreme Court Police offers both part-time and full-time specialized units. These units include:

  • Dignitary Protection Unit
  • Protective Intelligence Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Background Investigations Unit
  • Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Team
  • Recruitment Division
  • Police Operations Center - Dispatch
  • Physical Security Unit
  • Liaison positions with partner agencies (FBI, JTTF, DHS, USCP)
  • Civil Disturbance Unit
  • Training Unit
  • Radio Technicians
  • Honor Guard
  • Various instructor positions, to include: Firearms, Driving, Defensive Tactics, CPR/First Aid, Fitness Coordinator
    • Qualifications:
      The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply:
      • An applicant's education/experience must include at least one of the following to be considered:
        • An Associate's Degree or higher from an accredited institution (or being within six months of graduation);
        • A minimum of one year of full-time experience as a sworn police officer;
        • A minimum of three years of active duty military service (or one year of active duty military service for Military Police, Master-at-Arms, Security Forces, and Maritime Enforcement Specialists);
        • A minimum of three years of extensive work history in positions that develop skills and competencies that are transferrable to the role of an entry-level law enforcement officer (consideration under this category will be on a case-by-case basis and take into account all other suitability criteria).
      • Applicants must be mature, reliable, skilled in oral and written communication, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
      • Must have the ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and be trusted in all work situations.
      • Applicants must have no record of felony convictions, and must not currently be involved in any pending criminal charges.
      • Applicants who possess prior military service must have been separated under honorable conditions (honorable discharge).
      • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age, but not yet 37 years of age at the date of appointment (this position is covered under federal law enforcement retirement provisions, which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after at least 20 years of service). The maximum age may be waived with prior qualifying federal law enforcement service under the same retirement system.
      • Applicants must be licensed to drive for at least one year at the time of application, and have an excellent driving record.
      • Requirements:

        • U.S. Citizenship
        • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications)
        • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See:
        • Employment is subject to successful completion of a medical exam, which includes rigorous fitness standards. Medical exam consists of blood work, drug screening, height, weight, stress test, EKG, vision, hearing, and body fat.
        • Body fat will be measured by skin-fold calipers at the time of medical exam. Males must be 19% or under and females must be 27% or under.
        • Vision requirements: For distance, corrected 20/20 or better binocularly with at least 20/40 in each eye. Uncorrected distant visual acuity should be 20/100 or better binocularly.
        • Colorblindness: Applicant must be able to pass the Ishihara's Test for Color Deficiency.
        • Hearing Requirements: Applicant must be able to pass the hearing test without the use of hearing aids.
        • Police Officer Selection Test (POST): You must receive a 70% or higher on each section of the POST. The exam consists of four sections, which include Math, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, and Report Writing. The exam is multiple choice and timed.
        • Applicants must be licensed to drive for at least one year at the time of application, and have an excellent driving record.
        • The Supreme Court Police prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including, but not limited to: tattoos, body art, facial piercings, gauges, and branding) on the head, face, hand, and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).
        • A Supreme Court Police Officer must be able to maintain proficiency in the use of a firearm. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm and are ineligible for the position.
        • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, which will include employment references dating back 10 years, personal references, driving history, credit history, criminal history, drug history, and academic records.
        • Completion of a psychological exam, which includes a Personal History Questionnaire, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) Exam, the Inwald Personality Inventory (IPI) Exam, and a structured psychological interview with a clinical psychologist.
        • Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test (PAT): The PAT will consist of four events, completed as one continuously timed exam. The maximum allowable time (regardless of age or gender) is four minutes and fifteen seconds (4:15). The four events for the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) will be:
          • A Slalom Run between two (2) sets of cones, placed 75 feet apart for an overall distance of 375 feet;
          • Descending and Ascending one (1) flight of steps, completing five (5) down and up series;
          • Dragging a 165 lbs Rescue Dummy a distance of 40 feet;
          • Fifteen (15) single-handed trigger pulls with each hand, while the arm is extended. The timer will stop once the 30th trigger pull is completed.
          Failure to provide correct information, or omitting information, at any point in during your application will be grounds for termination from the hiring process.
      • Education:
      • A high school diploma is required.
      • An Associate's Degree or higher from an accredited institution (or being within six months of graduation);
      • A minimum of one year of full-time experience as a sworn police officer;
      • A minimum of three years of active duty military service (or one year of active duty military service for Military Police, Master-at-Arms, Security Forces, and Maritime Enforcement Specialists);
      • A minimum of three years of extensive work history in positions that develop skills and competencies that are transferrable to the role of an entry-level law enforcement officer (consideration under this category will be on a case-by-case basis and take into account all other suitability criteria).

        Applicants who are hired will also be required to successfully complete the 13-week Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. Please note that the Supreme Court Police Department has been informed that FLETC will not accept and train officers unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To be considered fully vaccinated according to FLETC standards, an officer has to have received their final dose of a two-dose vaccine (or single dose of a one-dose vaccine) no earlier than 14 days prior to their arrival at the campus. FLETC requires all trainees to remain on-site for the duration of their training period. Limited exceptions may be allowed at the discretion of FLETC.

        Due to the high number of applications received and the number of positions available, passing all phases of the hiring process does not guarantee an offer of employment if better qualified applicants are identified.

      Additional Information:

      Working for the Supreme Court of the United States Police offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health insurance benefits, premium pay, and eligibility for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50, or 25 years service at any age.

      • Sick Leave - Employees earn 104 hours of sick leave per year that accrues without limit. Sick leave not utilized at the time of retirement will be added to the annuitant's length of service when calculating their retirement benefit.
      • Annual Leave - Employees earn annual leave at the following rates: 13 days per year for the first three years of service, 20 days after three years of service, and 26 days every year after 15 years of service. Employees may carry over a maximum of 240 hours (30 days) of annual leave from one calendar year to the next;
      • Overtime - Supreme Court Police Officers working overtime are eligible to earn monetary pay or compensatory time at a rate of 1.5% of their derived hourly pay;
      • Premium Pay - Supreme Court Police Officers working the hours between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM are eligible to earn Night Differential at a rate of 10% of their derived hourly pay. Sunday premium is earned at a rate of 25% of their derived hourly pay;
      • Retirement - The Federal Law Enforcement Retirement System offered by the Supreme Court of the United States is a special variant of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) offered to most U.S. government employees. Law Enforcement FERS is a three-part retirement program:
        • The first part is a defined-benefit plan (annuity) calculated by applying the average of the highest three years of earnings (high-3) to the length of service of an employee. Police annuitants receive 1.7% of their high-3 for the first 20 years of their service, and 1% for each additional year. This translates to 34% of the high-3 for police officers retiring after 20 years of service, and 39% if retiring after 25 years.
        • The second part is the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is a defined-contribution pension (savings account). Employees may contribute up to the IRS maximum, and the Court will match any contributions up to 5% of base salary;
        • The third part of the FERS benefit is access to social security. As Supreme Court Police Officers are able (and required) to retire before they are eligible to apply for social security, a FERS supplement is paid to compensate until age 62;
        • Employees with prior military service may buy back their active duty military time to be added to their length of service for the purposes of the annuity calculation. Military time cannot, however, be added to the length of service for determining retirement eligibility;
      • Educational Assistance - Up to $3,500 per calendar year is available based on budget approval and the relevance of the requested courses to enhance job performance. A signed agreement committing the employee to repaying any amounts paid by the Court if the employee discontinues service from the Court within one year of completing the course is required.
      Additional benefits include health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.


      Required Documents:

      The following documents are required of all applicants:

      1. Resume
      2. OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment
      3. Police Applicant Personal History Questionnaire   
      The following additional documents are also required if applicable to you:
      1. SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action
      2. DD-214 or Statement of Service
      3. Unofficial College Transcript

      All applications MUST be submitted via USAjobs.

      All applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. Failure to provide all application materials will result in your application being denied. Please note that all applications must be filled out in their entirety and be legible in order to be considered.

      You must complete, print, and sign the OF-306, as well as the Personal History Questionnaire, then upload them along with your resume and cover letter. These four documents are required in order to be considered. Please submit only these documents unless you have prior military service, or if you have federal experience necessary to meet the law enforcement retirement system age/time-in-service requirements. In those cases your DD-214, Statement of Service, and/or SF-50(s) must also be submitted. An unofficial college transcript is also required if you are using education to qualify.

      • 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.
      • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
      • 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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