An NSA Police Career involves the protection of NSA buildings, as well as agency personnel, resources and equipment. NSA Police officers wear uniforms and are licensed to carry firearms.
Specific duties of NSA police officers include:
- Enforce NSA rules and regulations pertaining to the protection of NSA personnel, property, and resources
- In addition to their law enforcement responsibilities, an NSA Police career also involves participating in counter-terrorism activities
- Perform weapons training for new NSA police officers
- Pedestrian and vehicular traffic control
- Assistance with medical and fire emergencies
- Manage crisis and emergency situations
- Perform foot, car, or bike patrol of NSA property
NSA Police Officer Requirements
The following are the minimum requirements to work as an NSA Police Officer:
- Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen
- Pass a comprehensive physical and psychological screening administered by NSA medical staff
- Be of high ethical character as established by a Federal Special background investigation that will cover professional, personal, credit, and criminal history.
- Pass a polygraph test.
- Ability to obtain a Firearm license (no prior felony convictions)
- Be at least 21 years of age at time of application
- Uncorrected visual acuity of 20/125 corrected to 20/20 in both eyes, along with normal color vision
- Valid driver’s license
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions, participate in shift work, contribute overtime as needed, including holidays, and work under potentially dangerous conditions.
NSA Police Education and Training
To qualify for an NSA Police career applicants must hold a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) and possess a minimum of two or more years of college level education (some NSA Police Officers have a degree in criminal justice) and possess relevant civilian or military work experience comparable to that of an NSA Police Officer and which has shown that you are able to learn and appropriately apply complex regulations and procedures.
Candidates selected for the job will need to successfully complete a 12 week Uniformed Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) headquartered in Glynco, GA.
FLETC provides an academically challenging and physically strenuous program combining classroom study with written tests and practical experience.
The course of instruction includes counterterrorism, criminal investigation, interrogation techniques, law enforcement techniques in relation to protection of NSA assets, property, and resources, patrolling NSA property and facilities, criminal investigation, interrogation techniques, and firearms training.
NSA Police Officer Salary
As per the NSA, entry-level candidates enjoy a salary of $47,685. As of January 2009, all new hires to the NSA receive a $3000 “milestone recruitment incentive”, awarded in two payments: the first $1500. upon successful completion of training at FLETC; the second after 11 months of employment.
An NSA Police Officer career comes with very attractive benefit package to include comprehensive health and life insurance policies; a federal retirement plan, paid vacation up to 26 days and 10 paid holidays per year, and tuition reimbursement
NSA Police Career Opportunities
Advancement into supervisory roles depends on work performance and advanced training. Per the NSA:
At NSA, your career development begins on day one and continues throughout your career.
NSA provides a wide range of opportunities for NSA Police officers to further their training within outside academic settings. Of special interest may be the NSA’s own prestigious National Cryptologic School (NCS) which offers advanced study in languages, cryptology, education, and leadership.
The NSA offers a global learning experience with more than 20 campuses around the world, four cryptologic institutes, and six cryptologic training schools.
NSA also offers training opportunities with outside academic centers through the Advanced Studies Program and the After Hours College Program. Both programs include undergraduate and graduate studies with tuition reimbursement for course and lab fees. Must have a minimum of one year’s experience with the NSA. An undergraduate scholarship program and the Graduate Fellowship program are also available to eligible NSA Police Officers. Military Institution partnerships are also available with such notable institutions as the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC), the Naval Post Graduate School, the National Defense University, and the National War Colleges.