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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Yes, all agencies proctor and grade the exam differently. We require a 70% or higher on each of the 4 sections and each section is timed independently.

A: No, our officers are not required to reside within the District of Columbia. As long as you are able to report to work on time and in all types of weather, you can reside anywhere you like. We have officers that commute in from Pennsylvania and West Virginia! Please keep in mind that we are considered essential personnel.

A: Applicants must be able to complete 20 years of service under the federal law enforcement retirement system (identified with codes “M,” “MR,” or “MF” and referred to as “FERS and FICA Special” or simply “FERS Special”) before the age of 57 in order to be eligible for employment as a Supreme Court Police Officer. For an individual without federal law enforcement experience, this translates to an age limit of 37 years old.

If you have prior federal law enforcement experience, you may still be eligible for consideration despite being over the age of 37. If you believe you have previously been covered under federal law enforcement retirement, please reply to this email with evidence of the total length of time you were covered under the “FERS and FICA Special” or “FERS Special” retirement system. Look for codes “M,” “MR,” or “MF” in section 30 of your SF-50s.

A: Active duty military time can be applied to our retirement system for the purposes of calculating your annuity, however it cannot be counted toward the years of service necessary to meet the retirement eligibility requirements. Please note that OPM age waivers do not apply to excepted service Judicial Branch appointments.

A: Yes, all Supreme Court Police Officers are required to graduate from the 13 week Uniformed Police Training Program (UPTP), taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.

A: Yes, if you are using an Associate’s degree to qualify for the Police Officer position, then you can apply up to 6 months prior to graduation.

A: Applications received are reviewed by the Supreme Court’s Human Resources Office. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, once the USAjobs vacancy closes.

A: The hiring process varies based on each individual applicant’s background, as well as the current needs of the department.

A: All applicants must successfully pass a medical examination, which includes passing the Ishihara's Test for Color Deficiency.

A: For distance, corrected 20/20 or better binocularly with at least 20/40 in each eye. Uncorrected distant visual acuity should be 20/100 or better binocularly.

A: We ask that all police applicants not deliberately misrepresent their history of drug activity. If deliberate misrepresentation is found, the applicant will be deemed ineligible for employment as a Police Officer with the Supreme Court.

A: The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) is conducted on the first day of a three day hiring stage. It will be scheduled in coordination with the Medical and Psychological Exams.

The four events for the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) will be:

  • A Slalom Run between two (2) sets of cones, placed 75 feet apart for an overall distance of 375 feet;
  • Descending and Ascending one (1) flight of steps, completing five (5) down and up series;
  • Dragging a 165 lbs. Rescue Dummy a distance of 40 feet;
  • Fifteen (15) single-handed trigger pulls with each hand, while the arm is extended. The timer will stop once the 30th trigger pull is completed.

The maximum allowable time (regardless of age or gender) is four minutes and fifteen seconds (4:15).

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) conducts a Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) fitness test, which consists of five different components. These include Body Composition, Illinois Agility Run, Sit and Reach, Bench Press and 1.5 Mile Run. Additional information can be found at https://www.fletc.gov/physical-efficiency-battery-peb