Sample KSA Answers for Police Officer Positions

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Responsibilities of Police Officer

  • Performs and enforces the full range of police officer duties within the agency.
  • Performs the full range of duties for defending protection level resources.
  • Serves as a Security Forces Dispatcher for the installation.
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Typical KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) for Police Positions:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of police officer procedures and operating methods to perform the full range of police officer activities independently.
  2. Knowledge of special operating requirements, methods, and procedures for enforcing specialized personnel access controls and preventing unauthorized access to areas where stringent security requirements are enforced.
  3. Knowledge of the rights of detained individuals and organizational rules regarding the appropriate use of force to be used in the apprehension of persons.
  4. Knowledge of the practices, methods and techniques for functioning as a quick reaction force team member in support of integrated base defense and of the operation of specialized weapons, security systems, and equipment.
  5. Knowledge of the tactics, techniques, and procedures necessary for preparation and response to catastrophic events, enemy attacks, and related threats to installations.
  6. Ability to operate the Incident Management System and the Security Force Management Information System.

For these police KSAs, here’s part of a sample answer…

In my current position as Police Trooper with the Virginia Department of State Police, I am responsible for conducting criminal investigations on a regular basis.  I plan, coordinate, and conduct investigations into criminal and traffic offenses.  Duties I typically perform include diagramming crime scenes, documenting the chain of custody for evidence, examining evidence for importance,  protecting crime scenes, labeling evidence, and searching crime scenes for physical evidence.  I perform all of these procedures carefully in order to ensure proper collection, preservation, documentation, and storage of evidence. I also search people and property to obtain evidence.

During my time as a Trooper I have worked on crime scene investigations for homicides, sexual assaults, and burglaries. I have assisted police investigators with packaging and transporting, preparing investigative reports, and testifying in court.  This testimony must not only follow the rules of evidence but must also be able to explain, in laymen’s terms, to a jury the significance of the evidence as it relates to scientific proof.

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