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The Supreme Court Police

The Supreme Court of the United States Police is a Federal law enforcement agency that derives its authority from United States Code 40 U.S.C. 6121. The Supreme Court Police enforce Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations, as well as enforce regulations governing the Supreme Court Building and grounds prescribed by the Marshal and approved by the Chief Justice of the United States. The department’s mission is to ensure the integrity of the Constitutional Mission of the Supreme Court of the United States by protecting the Supreme Court, the Justices, employees, guests, and visitors.

The Supreme Court Police are responsible for providing a full range of police services, to include:

  • Protection of the Supreme Court Building and grounds, and persons and property therein;
  • Maintain suitable order and decorum within the Supreme Court Building and grounds, to include policing demonstrations and large-scale events;
  • Provide Courtroom security;
  • Prepare numerous reports to include incident, found property, accident, and arrest reports, as well as testify in court.

Specialty Units are available to officers depending on time-in-service, completion of training, and experience. The Supreme Court Police offers both part-time and full-time specialized units. These units include:

  • Dignitary Protection Unit
  • Protective Intelligence Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Background Investigations Unit
  • Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Team
  • Recruitment Division
  • Police Operations Center - Dispatch
  • Physical Security Unit
  • Liaison positions with partner agencies (FBI, JTTF, DHS, USCP)
  • Civil Disobedience Unit
  • Training Unit
  • Radio Technicians
  • Honor Guard
  • Various instructor positions, to include: Firearms, Driving, Defensive Tactics, CPR/First Aid



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • Meet Minimum Requirements (see Minimum Qualifications)


Minimum Qualifications:
The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or being within six months of graduation) OR at least one year prior full-time experience as a sworn police officer is required.
  • A minimum of three years of active-duty military service may be substituted for the degree or prior law enforcement experience requirement.
  • Applicants must be mature, reliable, skilled in oral and written communication, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have the ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and be trusted in all work situations.
  • Applicants must have no record of felony convictions, and must not currently be involved in any pending criminal charges.
  • Applicants who possess prior military service must have been separated under honorable conditions (honorable discharge).
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age, but not yet 37 years of age at the date of appointment (this position is covered under federal law enforcement retirement provisions, which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after at least 20 years of service). The maximum age may be waived with prior qualifying federal law enforcement service under the same retirement system.
  • Applicants must be licensed to drive for at least one year at the time of application, and have an excellent driving record.


Salary and Benefits:
$64,815 - Entry Level, non-certified
$67,087 - With documentation of graduation from the UPTP at FLETC or after completion of training (six months)
$75,223 - After 30 months (Private First Class)
$116,717 - Maximum earning potential at Private First Class after 26 years of service

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States Police offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health insurance benefits, premium pay, and eligibility for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50, or 25 years’ service at any age.


How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application and responses to the Personal History Questionnaire will be reviewed and evaluated.

Employment is subject to successful completion of the Police Officer Selection Test (POST), structured oral interview, background investigation interview, medical exam, psychological exam, and a comprehensive background investigation. To participate in our hiring process, you will need to travel to the Washington, D.C. area on at least three (3) occasions. The Supreme Court does NOT pay a travel per diem, hotel costs, or travel expenses for applicants to participate in our hiring process.

Applicants who are hired will also be required to successfully complete the 13-week Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.

Due to the high number of applications received and the number of positions available, passing all phases of the hiring process does not guarantee an offer of employment if better qualified applicants are identified.


How to Apply:
The following documents are required of all applicants:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment:
  4. Police Applicant Pre-screening Questionnaire: (PDF)
The following additional documents are also required if applicable to you:
  1. SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action
  2. DD-214 or Statement of Service
  3. Unofficial College Transcript

All applications MUST be submitted via USAjobs. Additional information about the Supreme Court Police and our hiring process can be found on our USAjobs vacancy.

Please direct questions regarding this position to


SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 1 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20543