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Federal Police jobs / Federal Security Guards
Federal Police Jobs include positions with primary law enforcement duties or supervision of law enforcement work that is required to maintain peace; the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes; the arrest or apprehension of violators; and providing emergency assistance when needed, including the protection of civil rights. The purpose of police work is to assure compliance with Federal, State, county, and municipal laws and ordinances, and agency rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement work.
The primary duties of Federal security guards is to guard federal facilities and property or the supervision of these services. They also protect government equipment and material; and control access to Federal installations by employees, visitors, residents, and patients. The purpose of security guard work is to protect and prevent loss of materials or processes which are important for national defense, for public health or safety, or as national treasures.
Federal police (GS-0083) and federal security guard (GS-0085) work can be passive to highly active involvement in protective and law enforcement activities. In some locations, there is a high potential for various law infractions from minor to serious in nature, including felonies, while at other duty stations, misdemeanors are infrequent except for possibly traffic violations. Law enforcement is the primary purpose and ultimate mission of any police organization. They must maintain law and order, preserve the peace, and protect life. The average salary for federal police jobs is currently $52,578. The security guards primary purpose and mission is to prevent and protect access to Federal property that is unauthorized because it contains material or processes that are valuable or sensitive from a national defense, public health and welfare, treasure, or safety.
Uniformed officers, inspectors, detectives, and agents typically work 40-hour weeks and are paid overtime when needed. Shift work is often required to provide protection 24/7. Junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays, and nights. Police officers and detectives are required to work at any time their services are needed and may work long hours during investigations. In most jurisdictions, whether on or off duty, officers are expected to be armed and to exercise their arrest authority whenever necessary.