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Police Officer - United States Capitol Police

The United States Capitol Police

Protecting the Heart of America. Every Day.

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is seeking professional individuals for entry-level police officer positions that offer extensive professional development and training, career growth opportunities in the field of law enforcement, and the privilege of protecting the Legislative Branch of the United States Federal Government.

United States Capitol Police Officers perform a full range of rewarding police duties and responsibilities that include:

  • Enforces Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, and enforces USCP rules and regulations relating to law enforcement.
  • Physically protects the U.S. Capitol complex (buildings and grounds), Members of Congress, visitors, and staff from threats of crime and disruption; preserves law and order; and serves as a deterrent to crime and other violations of laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Takes charge of accidents and crime scenes, restricting access to crime scenes; observes, stops, and questions suspicious persons.
  • Prepares reports and testifies in court.
  • Performs protective services, safeguards Federally owned buildings and property, and protects government equipment and property.
  • Upon successfully completing training and a probationary period, time-in-grade requirements and all experience requirements, future competitive promotions are available to advance to other duties-a higher rank or an officer assignment within a specialized area. USCP specialized areas include, e.g., Special Operations Division, Canine Explosives Detection Team, Containment Emergency Response Team, Dignitary Protection Division, Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Threat Assessment Section, and Hazardous Incident Response Division.


The USCP offers a competitive starting salary of $73,852.00 a year.

  • Our comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, flexible spending accounts, and an employee assistance program.
  • USCP employees are covered under the law enforcement provisions of the Federal Employees Retirement System.
  • Student Loan Repayment Program Incentive up to $10,000 per year, subject to budget availability.
  • Upon receipt of proper certification, sick leave balances will be transferred from other branches of the United States Federal Government.
  • While previous creditable federal service is used to determine the appropriate leave category, annual leave balances are transferable only from other Legislative Branch organizations.
  • Transit subsidy benefits for your commuting costs may be provided to you as a tax-free benefit.
  • USCP has several on-site state of the art fitness centers with access to personal trainer consultants and locker room facilities.
  • Uniforms and equipment are all provided

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be minimally qualified for this position:

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be between 21-39 years of age.
  • Must have a High School diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Must show evidence of responsible driving in the past one (1) year.
  • Male applicants must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Must successfully complete a full field background investigation.
  • Travel for hiring assessments and training is at applicant's expense.
  • Polygraph, medical assessment, criminal, credit, and tax check required.
  • Must successfully complete all required training.

To apply, visit: APEX Career Site

To learn more, visit: USCP Website