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U.S. Capitol Police

Join the Nation’s Finest: United States Capitol Police

Created by Congress in 1828, the original duty of the United States Capitol Police was to provide security for the United States Capitol Building. Today our mission has expanded to provide the Congressional community and its visitors with the highest quality of a full range of police services. These services are provided through the use of a variety of specialty support units, a network of foot and vehicular patrols, and fixed posts.

Today’s United States Capitol Police Officer has the primary responsibility for protecting life and property; preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal acts; and enforcing traffic regulations throughout a large complex of congressional buildings, parks, and thoroughfares. Additionally, the protection of Members of Congress, Officers of Congress, and their families is expanded by statute to the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.


The United States Capitol Police is always interested in highly qualified applicants. An intensive selection process, which takes an average of five months to complete, involving a written examination, application review, personal interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and medical examination helps ensure the selection of the highest quality recruit officers for our Department.


Providing our officers with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of their daily assignments is a primary concern of our training staff. Training, including physical conditioning, begins at full pay with the first week at our training facility in Washington, D.C., followed by ten (10) weeks of intensive training in such areas as police procedures, psychology, criminal law, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and physical defense techniques at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. After graduation from FLETC, recruits return to our Police Training Academy for ten (10) weeks of additional training. After graduation, officers are assigned to a field training officer, and then continue to develop their skills through on-the-job experience and continual in-service training. Public relations, firearm proficiency, and physical fitness are among the many areas stressed throughout an officer’s career.


A wide assortment of interesting and rewarding career opportunities is available to you as a United States Capitol Police Officer. Assignments in the areas of Dignitary Protection, Criminal Investigations, Intelligence, Threats, Containment and Emergency Response Team, K-9, Communications, Motorized and Mountain Bicycle Patrol, Hazardous Devices and Electronic Countermeasures, and other units exist for those who desire to enhance their career. Selection and assignment to these units is accomplished on a competitive basis and is available to officers after one (1) to two (2) years of field experience. Additionally, after three (3) years with the Department, you may compete in promotional processes for the rank of Sergeant. The salary is $49,631 to $57,601 per annum.

  • Please note: generally, the rates of pay are adjusted annually.


- Annual Leave -accrued 13 days per year for the first 3 years, 20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15 years
- Sick Leave -accrued 13 days per year and may accumulate without limit
- Paid Holidays -10 paid holidays annually
- Additional Duty -additional duty, including court time, is compensated
- Uniforms and Equipment -all uniforms and equipment are furnished at no cost to the officer
- Life Insurance -group life insurance at low cost to the officer
- Health Insurance -choice of a wide variety of group health plans for officers, and dependents, under the Federal Employees – - Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
- Retirement -participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), with eligibility for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50, or 25 years service at any age
- Thrift Savings Plan -all officers are able to contribute to the tax deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with the federal government matching a portion of contributions
- Fitness and Wellness Center -free use of our Fitness and Wellness Center which offers health training and counseling, individualized fitness programs, and a full range of exercise equipment
- Premium Pay -added compensation for working Sundays, Holidays and/or nights


  1. You must be a United States citizen.
  2. You must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, but not have reached your thirty-seventh (37) birthday at the date of appointment (the maximum age may be waived with prior qualifying federal law enforcement employment).
  3. You must possess a valid driver’s permit.
  4. Your vision must be no greater than 20/100 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 in each eye.
  5. Your weight must be proportionate to your height, and/or must meet body fat standards as established by the United States Capitol Police physical evaluation standards.
  6. You must possess a high school diploma, or and equivalency certificate (GED) issued by an authorized agency.
  7. You must have no record of felony convictions.
  8. You must not be currently involved in any pending criminal charges.
  9. If you possess prior military service, you must have been separated under honorable conditions (honorable discharge).

For more information, contact:

United States Capitol Police 119 D St., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20510-7218 Recruiting & Investigations Section 1-866-561-USCP, employment information (202) 593-3665, facsimile Recruiting@Cap-Police.Senate.Gov, E-mail address

Please be sure to include your full name (last, first, middle), address, and home and business telephone numbers.

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