When you think VA police, the first image that springs to mind might be a uniformed officer. But there are a number of specialty roles available on our force – including K-9 officers, criminal investigators and training officers.

“As VA police officers, our efforts are concentrated on the safety of our nation’s heroes and their families when they visit our facilities,” said Gulf Coast VA Chief of Police Services Keith Bradley. “We’re committed to ensuring every Veteran who comes through our doors has a positive experience.”

Expanding on the traditional education provided by our VA Law Enforcement Training Center, these roles could offer a unique career path to serving our Veterans.

Take a look at a few of the specialty positions available as part of our VA police service.

K-9 officer

Our police force isn’t just limited to two-legged officers. Canine officers are used throughout the VA network to add an additional level of security, and an additional means of investigation, for VA police.

“A police K9 can save hours of work when looking for a lost person or patient, increasing safety for those at risk,” explained Sergeant Matthew Paquette of White River Junction VA, who recently welcomed his K9 partner, Ripp, a black Labrador retriever.

As a K-9 officer, you can expect to work with your canine partner in many ways, not the least of which will be performing searches on VA property. You may be searching for illicit drugs or missing patients or screening vehicles, buildings, rooms, luggage or even mail for additional threats best uncovered by your partner’s enhanced senses.

You’ll also be responsible for the care of your canine partner. Feeding, watering, exercising, grooming and socialization are all a part of your daily routine. Your canine is a valuable member of the team, and they need your help to stay at the top of their game.

Criminal investigator

You would use an extensive array of innovative procedures to solve crimes that go beyond standard patrol assignments or cannot be resolved through the reporting officer’s initial investigation.

Those crimes are not just limited to external problems, either. Internal affairs investigations fall under the purview of criminal investigators, and you would explore alleged administrative misconduct, patient abuse and other improprieties that may be reported in a facility.

You might also specialize in analyzing data regarding crimes. By examining crime trends, performance metrics and customer service data, you can develop new processes for improvements at facilities and find better ways to keep our Veterans safe.

Training officer

If you have a gift for teaching and a passion for sharing your knowledge, the role of a VA police training officer may be of interest to you.

Police departments have extensive training qualifications for their officers, and VA is no different. As a training officer, you will be responsible not only for the training and preparation of the officers around you, but also re-certification procedures.

While this training may take the form of classroom-style lectures, our training officers are also responsible for the initial and ongoing weapons training of your fellow officers. Your duties also expand to include working as the primary armorer of your service, maintaining weapons and ammunition.

Work at VA

“The rewarding part is that we consistently have the ability to be able to help people who are actually in need,” said VA Police Officer Matthew Marquez.

Join our 4,000-strong law enforcement team and make a difference, keeping Veterans and their families safe at VA medical facilities around the country.

By VA Careers

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Published on Jul. 5, 2022

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  1. Denny Flynn July 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    All the VA cops I have delt with are A holes walked in on day from work with my knife that I use at work for cutting packages open he saw it on my pocket and told me it was illegal and he had to write me a ticket what a joke I didn’t even think about having it it’s always clipped to my pocket 1st. Infantry division veteran and can’t even have a pocket knife sad world we live in. These guys act like everyone at the VA is a criminal do they not remember we are the ones that fought for our country we are not gang bangers off the street so why in the hell do the VA cops treat us like we are.

  2. Diaz July 13, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    On Usajobs, Dispatchers are called security assistant with a salary max promotion potential to GS5 (I think ) . Police at my local VA (Northport ) is considered the country club( there literally is a golf club on-site ) so mainly retired police officers (city ,county , etc) are hired. Fresh off active duty with military police experience I was hopeful to be selected and earn a salary to pay for a apartment . I was rated as eligible but compared to 20 year veterans I had zero chance…I didn’t get HQ or ‘knew’ anyone so I wasn’t selected for either Police or dispatcher positions .However best advice I was given from my interviews was that pay realistically wasn’t enough for my area long term …so I needed to expand job searches and career options . I took my skills , my experiences, used my VA Education benefits and went into information technology . Currently in another other agency with GS-12 as a 2210 . If police doesn’t work out , don’t get discouraged and keep moving forward .

  3. Roger Mann July 7, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Join the force and get to assault and abuse veterans who can’t respond or they go to jail.

  4. Roger Mann July 7, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Join the VA police force where at locations like VA Ann Arbor and Detroit where they violate veterans civil rights and actively participate with staff in patient abuse.

  5. Jimmy July 7, 2022 at 3:00 am

    I’m a retired police K-9 Sergeant if your looking for a K-9 supervisor let me know!

    • Ed July 7, 2022 at 8:57 pm

      This isn’t a hiring or application site.

  6. William Troskey July 6, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    What about dispatchers? They answer 911, dispatch police, (and at some facilities, fire & EMS), monitor intrusion, panic, and temperature alarms, coordinate radio communications throughout the facility, monitor CCTV camera systems, access local, state, & federal databases to obtain information on warrants, stolen property, etc. Without dispatchers, the officers wouldn’t know where to go.

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