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Law Enforcement
Police K9 Officer
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Job Description

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth's surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That's the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA's role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth... Show the Way... Understand the World

JOB DESCRIPTION: Police K9 Officers enforce Federal laws and ensure DoD and NGA rules and regulations are followed on a 24-hour basis. They provide for the protection of NGA personnel and assets by conducting entry control, internal patrols, investigative and dignitary protection, emergency response, and physical security. They also prepare accident, incident, and security violation reports, conduct interviews and briefings, and provide customer support services. Police K9 Officers provide explosive detection protection services for NGA personnel, facilities, and Government property. They are responsible for the 24-hour care, housing, training, and well-being of their canine.


Drug Testing

Security Investigation

DUTIES: Back to top

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NGA Protective Services is seeking highly motivated candidates to serve as Police Canine Handlers. The selected incumbents will report to the Canine Supervisor, Lieutenant, and Special Operations Branch in providing Canine Explosive Detection services designed to protect NGA personnel, facilities, and government property. Canine Officers may be subject to a 24-hour, on-call status requiring them to report to their duty station within a reasonable amount of time (within approximately one hour -- reside within 60 miles). A successful candidate must have a strong desire to work with canines and a willingness to care for and train the animal, as well as demonstrated ability to pass designated physical standards. Canine Officers must care for and house the canine at their residence, and provide a secure outdoor area for the canine that conforms to Protective Services requirements. Any costs associated with the housing of the canine are borne by the respective Canine Officer (i.e., modifications to yard, fence around property). Since the successful candidate may be assigned a take-home vehicle, a valid driver's license will be required. Multiple positions may be selected from this announcement. Upon validation by Chief of SIOP, FLETC may be waived for candidates who have completed a certified Law Enforcement Academy. PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: Depending on funding availability, PCS expenses may be authorized by the hiring component.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. For this particular job, applicants must have experience in the following: experience as a K-9 Handler and/or knowledge of Explosives Detection Canine programs; K-9 Standard Operating Procedures (understanding care, feeding, and take home of Explosive Detection Canine); and civilian K-9 handler compensation.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: A minimum of 2 years of coursework beyond the high school level with at least 12 semester (18 quarter) hours in Criminology, General Law, Law Enforcement, Police Administration, Police Investigation, Police Law and Evidence, or similar subjects closely related to Police work. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 12 semester (18 quarter) hours in any area listed in option A plus experience that provides knowledge of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 2 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 2 years of experience in law enforcement or security work that provides knowledge of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques. Experience can also include military work that involved protecting property, equipment, data, or materials; making judgments based on the application of directions, rules, regulations, or laws; or other work that provided the required knowledge and skills related to law enforcement or security work. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: candidate should have successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center - FLETC, (Uniform Police Training Program - UPTP); security and law enforcement procedures; understanding of federal, state, and local Criminal Codes; and interviewing, debriefing, interrogation techniques and procedures.

SPECIAL INFO: - Direct Deposit Required

- Two Year Probationary Period

- U.S. Citizenship Required

- Position Subject to Drug Testing

- Security Clearance Required

- Top Secret

- Sensitive Compartmented Information

- Polygraph Test Required SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI) examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.


APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages, 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

BENEFITS: Back to top

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer.


Dental and Vision Insurance



Life insurance coverage is provided.


Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.


New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program.


Federal employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year. In addition, Federal employees get 10 days paid holiday each year. This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations.


In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance.

For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website: http://www.compassrosebenefits.com NOTE: NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Promotions may be conducted during the annual pay for performance process or throughout the year via the Assignment Opportunity Notices (AON).


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