Become a United States Park Police Officer

It takes a special individual to meet the demands of being a United States Park Police Officer. These people are highly motivated, of good moral character, possess inner pride and self-respect, and have a desire to better the Nation that we serve. If selected as a United States Park Police officer, one must be able to work under a great deal of pressure while maintaining a clear head, a strong demeanor, a positive attitude, and good work ethic.Park Police officers work varying schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays.It is understood that schedules may be subject to change, tours of duty may be extended, and officers may be required to work in adverse weather conditions.

The selection process to become a United States Park Police Officer consists of a series of steps. Applicants must complete each step before being invited to the next step. Only applicants who have successfully completed all steps may be considered for appointment. Applicants should expect to make several visits to the testing sites during the process.

If you have questions regarding the police officer position, call (202) 619-7056 or email us.

STEP 1 - MEETING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

To be considered eligible, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications, which are as follows:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have 20/100 vision or better that is correctable to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses
  • Possess a valid driver's license (must have a good driving record)
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a minimum of 60 college credits, or 2 years of progressively responsible experience that has demonstrated the ability to learn and apply detail and complex regulations and procedures, or managerial or supervisory skills. You can have a combination of acceptable experience and education of at least 2 years. In combining education and experience, an academic year of study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) will be considered equivalent to 1 year of experience.

Examples of qualifying experience include:

  • Work on a police force
  • Served as military police officer
  • Specialized military experience, i.e., decision-making and leadership ability
  • Work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments
  • Work performing criminal investigative duties
  • Supervisory / managerial experience or personal work related experience that demonstrates decision-making and leadership abilities

Maximum Entry Age

Applicants must have reached their 21st birthday, but not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Applicants for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Law Enforcement retirement system.

Veteran's Preference

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume.Applications claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their application, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment.

Employment Disqualifiers

There are specific situations that will automatically disqualify applicants for employment with the United States Park Police. Some of the automatic disqualifiers include, but are not limited to:

  • Conviction of a felony
  • Conviction of domestic violence
  • Use of illegal drugs in violation of the United States Park Police qualification standards

STEP 2 - PASS THE PHYSICAL EFFICIENCY BATTERY (PEB)

After you have applied and received an eligibility confirmation e-mail from USASTAFFING, you must then schedule and attend the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test.

When attending the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test, you must bring the required forms:

  1. The Physician's Consent Form
  2. The PEB Waiver Form
  3. The Personal History Questionnaire (must be notarized)
  4. Your valid driver's license

To assist you in performing the PEB, we recommend that you bring TWO (2) types of shoes (running and court), and water or some form of hydration.

The PEB consists of 5 components; however, as an applicant you will be administered only 4 and must successfully pass each with a 70% or better to pass the PEB. Please see PEB Facts for information about our PEB test.
The 4 components are as follows:

1) Sit and Reach Test - This measures flexibility and consists of sitting on the ground with legs outstretched and stretching out over a yardstick or testing box as far as possible. The test is measured in inches. (Applicants will have 3 attempts)
Sit and Reach
Applicants performing the Sit and Reach
2) Body Weight Pushed Standard - (Bench Press) - Muscular strength determined with one (1) maximal repetition chest press. Applicants will have five (5) attempts.
Bench Press
Applicant performing Bench Press
3) Agility Run Standard (the Illinois Agility Course) - Agility measured by negotiating a timed obstacle course. You will start in a prone position. Applicants will have two (2) attempts.
Agility Run
Applicant shown in the starting position for the Agility Run
4) 1.5 Mile Run/Walk Standard - Cardiovascular endurance measured with a 1.5 mile walk/run. Applicants will have one (1) attempt.
Mile and a half run
Applicants performing mile and a half run
STEP 3 - PASS A COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAM & JOB COMPATIBILITY ANALYSIS
Applicants who successfully pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test will be invited to take the written exam and Job Compatibility Analysis (JCA). The written examination consists of three parts: 1) Name and Number Comparison, 2) Reading Comprehension, and 3) Arithmetic Reasoning.

Applicants must score 70% or better on the written examination to obtain a passing score

Please see our sample test questions.

STEP 4 - COMBINE PEB, WRITTEN & JOB COMPATIBILITY ANALYSIS

Applicants' scores from their PEB, written examination, and JCA will be combined for an overall rating score. An applicant's overall rating score will place him/her in one of four categories: Qualified, Well-Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Exceptional. Once the overall rating scores are verified by the Human Resources Unit, applicants who achieved the highest ratings will be notified to attend the Forms Screening.

STEP 5 - PASS THE FORMS SCREENING REVIEW

Applicants are required to bring all documents that are listed in the Personal History Questionnaire and ensure they have the appropriate copies. An applicant will be removed from the process if he/she fails to provide all requested documents at the Forms Screening, no exceptions.

STEP 6 - PASS A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Selected applicants will be contacted by a USPP background investigator. During this process, the applicant is encouraged to provide any additional information requested by their investigator in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in removal from the hiring process.

STEP 7 - PASS A QUALIFICATION REVIEW PANEL
The Qualification Review is conducted by a panel of Force officials. Applicants are evaluated on their responses to qualification and scenario questions.
STEP 8 – MEDICAL REVIEW

Applicants that successfully complete the Qualification review will be sent to a medical evaluation conducted by a Physician at the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) facility nearest to their residential zip code. Specific instructions will be provided to the applicant's at that time.

STEP 9 –SELECTIONS FOR HIRE

Selections for hire must attend a mandatory 1-week orientation in Washington, DC. Recruits will then be assigned to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Glynco, Georgia for approximately 18 weeks (paid) to attend the Academy. After successful completion of the Academy, recruits will be assigned to Washington, DC for the Field Training Program. Permanent assignments are made after successful completion of the Field Training Program.

Last updated: June 30, 2018