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Police Officer - Security Protective Service (SPS)

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $59,015 - $80,513
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Police Officer in the Security Protective Service (SPS) with the CIA, you will protect CIA personnel, facilities and information through the enforcement of Federal laws and Agency Regulations. You will control access to and egress from Agency facilities utilizing preventive measures or actions that mitigate hostile threats against Agency workforce, property or information. Police Officers exercise full law enforcement authority, including making arrests and enforcing traffic laws in Agency jurisdiction. You are also the primary first responder to all emergencies on Agency facilities. In medical emergencies, you will provide basic first aid, trauma response, CPR and AED response. Police Officers maintain public order during emergency situations, facilitating safe and thorough evacuations when necessary. In addition to these protective functions, as a Police Officer you will effectively represent the Agency and communicate with members of the public.

SPS provides a full range of high quality security and police services through a variety of fixed posts, patrol operations and specialty units. Specialty unit assignments are filled through competitive vacancy processes and include: threat management, K-9, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), HAZMAT, security operations and court liaison.

Newly hired Security Protective Service Cadets must complete an intensive twelve (12) week, Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, or qualify for a FLETC waiver. To qualify for a FLETC waiver, you must have been performing police duties within the past five (5) years, and must be graduates of FLETC or other formally accredited law enforcement academy approved by the Chief of SPS. Following graduation from FLETC, you will complete an additional ten (10) weeks of specialized instruction at SPS training facilities. You will then transition to Officer-in-Training (OIT) status where you will be individually assigned to an SPS Field Training Officer for operational training and final evaluations before appointment as Police Officers

SPS training includes coursework in police procedures, psychology, police-community relations, criminal law, first aid, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and physical defense techniques. You will continue to develop your skills by attending annual in-service training, stressing defensive tactics, legal issues, HAZMAT, CPR training, and firearms proficiency.

Police Officers routinely work eight-hour shifts to include weekends and holidays and may occasionally be directed to work overtime.

A 5-year Contract Term Agreement may be required in this position. Click here to learn more about the Contract Term Agreement.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment
  • No record of felony convictions or domestic violence
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Physically and psychologically fit
  • Successful completion of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) with a minimum score of 25%. FLETC PEB requirements can be found at

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior military, police or security experience
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice or a related field will be accepted in lieu of extensive experience

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Documentation of military service, law enforcement certifications, academies, or training courses you have completed


All applicants must successfully complete thorough medical, intellectual, personality and psychological exams and interviews, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

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An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 07:14 PM
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018 05:16 PM

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