Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Law Enforcement
starting salary of $50,527
NSA Police Officer - Entry Level - 30001065
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

SALARY: Members of NSA's Police Force enjoy a starting salary of $50,527.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a current and ongoing requirement for personnel to serve as Full-time officers with the NSA Police on its complexes at Fort Meade, Maryland. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for these exciting and highly dynamic positions offering unlimited career growth, exceptional training, and the opportunity to serve your country as an employee of one of the most unique and respected Agencies in the Federal government.

NSA Police Officers provide armed and uniformed security, force protection, and law enforcement functions in support of NSA's mission, assets, personnel, and facilities headquartered in and around Fort Meade. The NSA Police Force is an integral part of the NSA Associate Directorate for Security organization, which provides NSA worldwide counterintelligence, personnel, and facilities security support.

- Counterterrorism & Force Protection
- Asset Protection
- Pedestrian and vehicular access control
- Response and mitigation of security, medical, and fire emergencies
- Critical incident management
- Enforcement of laws and regulations relative to the protection of NSA assets
- Vehicle, facility, and material security inspections
- Firearms training and range management
- Patrol of NSA property
Only the highest caliber individuals qualify for these selected positions. At a minimum, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

- Unquestionable loyalty to the United States and sound moral character as established by a comprehensive Federal Special Background Investigation (to include a polygraph).

- Issues that could disqualify an applicant from consideration include, but are not limited to, whether the applicant has engaged in serious criminal activity, recent illegal drug use, a history of adverse employment actions to include absenteeism and termination, or significant credit problems such as recent bankruptcies.

- This position requires the carrying of an Agency-issued firearm. The Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and applicable implementing regulations prohibit the NSA from issuing a firearm or ammunition to anyone who has a record of having been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence. Applicants who have been convicted of such a crime are not eligible to be considered for this position.

- At least 21 years of age.

- Excellent physical condition.

- Must meet DoD vision standards for law enforcement occupations.

- Must be willing to work outdoors, shift-work, weekends, holidays, and overtime, under strenuous and potentially dangerous conditions.

- Possess a valid state driver's license.

- Entry is with a high school diploma or GED and no experience.

- Experience working with basic office resources (e.g., e-mail, web browsers, word processors, and presentation graphics), working in security, law enforcement, and/or military service is desired. Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid U.S. driver's license. Certification in Act 120, MPTC, FLETC exempt, CPR, and AED is preferred.

BENEFITS: All NSA employees are provided a comprehensive Federal employment benefit package that includes:

- Federal health and life insurance options
- Federal retirement plan
- 10 paid holidays a year
- Sick leave accrued at the rate of 4 hours per pay period (13 days/year)
- Vacation leave ranging from 13-26 days a year (based on years of Federal service)
- Military leave
- Shift, weekend, and holiday salary differential
- Paid overtime
- Tuition reimbursement program
- On-site child care (fee for service)
- Credit Union services

- Uniforms, equipment, and laundering at no cost
- Performance based rank and salary promotions
- Opportunities to apply for vacancies in the following specialized units:
- Emergency Response Team (SWAT)
- Chemical and Biological Rapid Response Team
- K-9 Unit
- Communication Center
- Mountain Bike Patrol
- Police Training Unit
- Firearms Instructors


Applicants selected for further processing will be scheduled for the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST), NSA Police Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) and an Operational Interview. The PEB is included as part of the applicant process as it is a required element of the training. The PEB consists of;
- 1.5 mile run within 15 minutes and 53 seconds,
- 30 Sit-Ups within 1 minute
- 25 Push-Ups within 1 minute
- Illinois Agility Run within 20.27 seconds

Applicants who successfully complete the initial testing may be extended a conditional offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of security and medical screenings, as follows:

- Medical/psychological screening by NSA medical staff.
- Full field background investigation and polygraph testing.

Applicants selected for the position will have to successfully complete:
- The 12-13 week Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).*

* FLETC provides a rigorous, physically and academically challenging battery of courses/instruction in law enforcement skills/techniques, which includes classroom instruction with written examinations, graded practical exercises, firearms instruction, and a PEB.

FLETC training may be waived for candidates who possess current Maryland Police Training Commission certification, or the equivalent.
How To Apply - External
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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application.  Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position.  Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position.  Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.