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Special Police Officer

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$33,181.00 - $45,932.00 /Year

Washington, DC


Special Police Officer

Location: Jackson Graham -5th Floor

Reference: 131163

Union Code 639

Salary Range $33,181 - $45,932

FLSA Nonexempt



This position is responsible for performing police safety and security work. The incumbent will be responsible for security and control of the assigned areas and the enforcement of the Authority's regulations. Work is performed with some independence in accordance with established policies and procedures, supplemented by periodic instructions and meetings. The employee will perform routine work for the Authority. Work is performed during various shifts and locations, as required. Supervision is received from the SPO Sergeant assigned.


Provides protection of the Authority's personnel and property to prevent vandalism.

Patrols on foot or using a vehicle to detect, investigate and report situations which differs from normal such as open doors, broken windows, power failures, fire or safety hazards.

Assures that only authorized persons enter the Authority's property.

Maintains radio/telephone contact with the Authority's Police Headquarters and Local Police Headquarters, if appropriate.

Directs traffic on Authority property.

Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.

Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.

Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, and machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.

Prepares a report of daily activities, any incidents occurring on the shift, maintains the building/area security log and other irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Job Requirements

Special Police Officer


Knowledge of standard practices and equipment common to maintain the protection of the premises.

Knowledge of basic fire hazards and the standard method for reporting fires.

Knowledge of the laws pertaining to apprehension and arrest.

Ability to develop skills in the use and care of firearms.

Ability to qualify for a commission to carry firearms.

Ability to obtain and maintain Special Police commission issued by the Metropolitan Police Department.

Ability to analyse situations quickly and objectively and to determine the proper course of action to be taken.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with people.

Ability to satisfactorily complete a physical fitness evaluation.

Qualification Requirements

In order to be considered for employment all applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience on their application.



Graduation from high school or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Must be at minimum 21 years of age and preferably with experience in the police or security field.

Must obtain and maintain Special Police Commission issued by the Metropolitan Police Department and qualify to carry firearms.

Initial commission must be obtained within the probationary period.

Must successfully complete all SPO mandatory basic training courses within the probationary period.

Equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible experience in above qualifications.


Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the state of residency.


Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Candidates must have a maximum uncorrected vision of 20/60 in each eye and corrected vision in each eye of 20/30.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria may include one or more of the following:

Education, training and experience

Personal Interview

Medical Examination which may include alcohol and drug screening

Performance and attendance record

Background Check which may include verification of employment, education, credit, criminal history, and driver's record.

Closing Statement

Posted salary ranges and employment offers are subject to union contracts and agreements and WMATA salary administration guidelines. The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from minorities, females and persons with disabilities.

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - WMATA
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