Special Police Officer
District of Columbia Public Schools - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Office of School Security for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Incumbent receives assignments directly from the supervisor along with general background information and briefings regarding desired results. Work performed by the incumbent is of a highly delicate and sensitive nature and requires an outstanding capacity to act independently and tactfully when dealing with a wide range security related issues.

The Executive Director of the Division of School Security or his/her designee gives assignments in terms of objectives and goals. The incumbent proceeds independently and will be responsible for the completion of the assignment in a time frame established by the Executive Director.

The incumbent works under the general supervision of the unit manager who defines the over-all work objectives and priorities of or the incumbent. Direct supervision is provided only for special assignments. Most of the assignments given the incumbent are recurrent in nature and are governed by the workflow. The incumbent may receive technical supervision from other members of the work unit for both routine and special assignments. The work is reviewed for accuracy and conformity with DCPS policies and procedures and professional standards.

Guidelines include new and existing Department rules, regulations, orders, policies, and procedures, relevant laws and regulatory guidelines, Title 5, District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (Rules of the Board of Education), the Superintendent’s Directives, District of Columbia Code, regulations and procedures of the Metropolitan Police Department, and the operating policies and procedures of the Division of School Security. Required to follow all safety regulations and security procedures set in place by DCPS; and, to advise and enforce the rules and procedures for employees entering and leaving DCPS buildings and protected areas. Confidentiality is a must.

While in almost all cases these guidelines are applicable to the work, the incumbent must occasionally exercise limited judgment in interpreting and applying the guidelines in work assignments. Unusual situations are discussed in advance with the unit supervisor.

The work routinely requires serious efforts in problem-solving and analysis. The work involves different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done are based on incumbent’s knowledge and on-the-job experience. The assignment includes serving as liaison for DCPS and any vendor selected to provide contractual security services with the charge of insuring the protection of students, staff and property. The incumbent's efforts impact all levels within the DCPS in all functional areas. Decisions regarding the best approach to a situation will require an analysis of standard procedures and the assessment of the probability of significant, useful results from the effort expended. Due to the confidential nature of information, discretion is mandatory.

The purpose of the work is to assist the Executive Director of the School Security with the implementation, coordination, evaluation and management of a security and a weapons abatement program designed for DCPS. The decline in students who possess weapons and other illegal contraband on school property will be the anticipated effect of these efforts and will establish an atmosphere conductive to the educational process and ensure safety.

Personal contacts are with the school system’s Administrator’s, Principals and local law enforcement agencies, i.e., police department, fire department, private contractors and civilians. Personal contacts outside the DCPS are with employees of other District Government agencies and boards, other police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, and professional organizations.

The purpose of the contact is to advise the aforementioned of goals and objectives and actions taken which are consistent with established security policies and procedures for security, the abatement of weapons and other illegal contraband.
Personal contacts with members of the DCPS are made in order to organize project plans, collect and evaluate data, present and justify findings and recommendations, and obtain and exchange information. Contacts outside the DCPS are made to co-ordinate work efforts and to provide and obtain information concerning work projects.

The work is primarily non-sedentary. Incumbent must utilize vehicles to respond to emergency situations. The incumbent must be flexible and coordinated to withstand walking, standing, bending, and kneeling when conducting building and perimeter searches for weapons and contraband. Substantive amounts of time are spent utilizing a computer keyboard and monitor.

The work environment involves high-risk exposure to potentially dangerous situations and unusual environment stress. The incumbent may be subject to possible physical attacks, hostile crowd conditions and/or similar situations where conditions cannot be controlled. The work involves regular and recurring exposure to all types of weather conditions.
The incumbent will be required to provide quality security services for the protection of human life, the prevention of loss of inventory and the detection of criminal activity. The incumbent will be required to perform general police duties relating to the physical security of property and facilities under the charge of the DCPS. The incumbent reports to the Director of School Security.

  • Required to possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's permit and acquire and maintain a District of Columbia operator's permit to operate a D.C. government motor vehicle.
  • Required to work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Required to carry and use firearms.
  • Required to maintain a valid Special Police Officer's Commission from the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Required to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing.
  • Must possess a minimum of five (5) years of experience in law enforcement, physical security, military training or a combination of experience.
  • Must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalency. Two (2) years collegiate academic course work may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.
  • Must currently be qualified as an SPO in the District of Columbia.
  • Personnel security investigation required.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.
  • Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Firearms testing and qualification required.
  • License/Certification: CPR Techniques, First Aid and Valid State Drivers License.
  • One-year probationary period required.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1962 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Required to successfully complete a 90-day training period of the rules, procedures, duties, equipment operations and recognition of policies of the division.
Personal Qualities of Top Candidates
  • The incumbent must have a working knowledge of the following: Federal State and local law enforcement agencies, criminal rules of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure procedures, arrest authority, court, administrative procedures, D.C. Code, police manual, and DCPS directives etc., as they pertain to completing assignments that ensures actions, decisions, and programs are legal and free from conflict.
  • Knowledge of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), Title 5, Rules of the Board of Education, and the Superintendent’s Directive issuance System (SDIS).
  • Knowledge of and skills in communication and public relations techniques, sufficient to represent the school system concerning program objectives, policies, special problems and issues.
  • Knowledge of DCPS’s Security Communications Network including the FCC regulations and DCPS’s guidelines concerning their use and acceptable language.
  • Thorough knowledge of the mission and objectives of DCPS as required for properly forwarding correspondence, for referring calls, and for obtaining the information necessary for preparing reports and other written materials.
  • Knowledge of geographical locations of schools in the District of Columbia.
  • Ability to understand, follow and implement oral and written instructions with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate intelligently, professionally and effectively both orally and in writing to prepare and/or give briefings, instructions and/or report activities.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, logical, accurate, and coherent written and oral reports which present the relevant facts, emphasize significant details, and substantiate the recommendations/actions.
  • Ability to maintain effective, co-operative relationships with personnel at all levels within the DCPS, with employees of other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions and new and rapidly changing priorities and to exercise proper judgment in prioritizing and carrying out work assignments.
  • Ability to produce work products that are accurate, precise, neat, complete and well-organized.
  • Ability to recognize adverse signs and to react swiftly in emergency situations.
  • Ability to remain calm under extreme pressures and circumstances and to deal with individuals, groups and situations in a firm and tactful manner with respect for the rights of others.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all work unit materials and information.
  • Skilled in the use of a Personal Computer and different software packages including database software, i.e. Windows OS and DOS.
  • Conducts security patrols/ checks of DCPS property during off-peak hours.
  • Responds to emergency or crisis situations occurring or developing in or around DCPS schools and facilities.
  • Provides security services at designated static post within DCPS.
  • Serves as a monitor/dispatcher for DCPS Security Communications Network.
  • Monitors the Intrusion Detection System.
  • Monitors and operate the CCTV system.
  • Monitors fire alarms and emergency calls from trapped occupants in school building elevators.
  • Prepares detailed reports on fire alarm events, burglary alarm activations, and any other type of event causing an adverse impact on DCPS.
  • Serves as liaison with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Keeping up-to-date on changes in DCPS policies and procedures related to the unit.Detains violators, identifies witnesses, and renders first aid to the injured.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Notice of Criminal Background Check. In accordance with the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act of 2004, this position has been designated and identified as one which requires a criminal background check and/or traffic record check. If you are tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check and/or traffic record check (for positions which require the operation of a motor vehicle) will be conducted. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check and/or traffic record check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Title IX regulation requires schools to implement specific and continuing steps to protect students and others against discrimination on the basis of sex. Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding Title IX non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities shall contact:

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 8 th Floor Washington, DC 20002
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099


Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: 1-800-421-3481
FAX: 202-245-6840; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of DCPS will be handled as follows:

Employees with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to employment and employees or who wish to file a discrimination complaint should contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5424

Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities, including Section 504, should contact:

Director of Targeted Student Support
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

Notice of Pre-Employment Testing . This position is a safety-sensitive position. All safety-sensitive positions are subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing in accordance with the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Act of 2004. If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to submit to testing for illegal drug use prior to employment, and your employment shall be contingent upon negative test results. If you are appointed into this position, you shall be subject to mandatory random drug and alcohol testing throughout your employment.

Position Information Opening Date: February 20, 2013
Closing Date: February 19, 2014
Vacancy Announcement Number: 13-COS-4
Salary: $33,163-$37,415
Location: Washington, DC

How to Apply To apply for this position, please complete an online
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the position for which you are applying, so please note
the exact title of this job description

Questions? Email DCPS.Careers@dc.gov for technical
assistance. For all other questions, please refer to our
FAQ section.

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