NSA Police (NSAP) Officer Career and Application Requirements

What Is An NSA Police Officer?

NSA police (NSAP) officers are armed, uniformed officers that provide security and law enforcement at NSA buildings. Additionally, NSA officers are often involved with various counterterrorist operations and they provide weapons training for members of the NSA. Generally, NSA officers perform functions that support of NSA’s mission, personnel, assets, and facilities.

What Does an NSA Police Officer Do?

  • Counter-terrorism and force protection
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control
  • Asset protection
  • Response and mitigation of security, medical, and fire emergencies
  • Enforcement of laws and regulations relative to the protection of NSA assets
  • Vehicle, material, and NSA facility security inspections
  • Critical incident management
  • Firearms training and range management
  • Patrol of NSA property

NSA Police Officer Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

Police officers working for the NSA usually earn about $44,729 every year. Currently, new employees are paid a $3,000 signing bonus. Moreover, NSA officers routinely earn performance based salary increases. They can also venture into other units such as weapons instructors, biological and chemical weapon response units, and SWAT units.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, Salary.com

NSA Police Officer Application Requirements

NSA police officer applicants DO need to have earned at least a high school degree or equivalent GED. In addition, an applicant must have one of the following:
  1. Two years of education above the high school level
  2. Honorable active duty military experience
  3. Two years of progressively responsible experience, demonstrating the individual’s ability to learn and execute complex regulations and detailed procedures.

Additional NSA Police Applicant Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 21 years old or older (all other NSA jobs have a minimum age requirement of 18 years)
  • Have unquestionable loyalty to the United States, confirmed by a Federal Special Background Investigation
  • Be in good shape and pass physical examinations, includes a 1.5-mile run, 300-meter sprint, pushups, and situps
  • Have visual acuity of at least 20/125 without correctional lenses, and 20/20 with corrective lenses
  • Willingness to work outside, shift-work, holidays, weekends, overtime, and under strenuous and dangerous conditions
  • Have a valid state driver’s license

Do I Have to Have a Degree in Criminal Justice to Be an NSA Police Officer?

Having an associate or bachelor’s in criminal justice is not required. Having an associate or bachelor’s in any study area (including criminal justice), however, may give applicants an advantage over fellow applicants as a good portion of NSA employees hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

Do I Need to Have Military Experience to Be an NSA Police Officer?

Those applicants with experience in the military, without being dishonorably discharged, may hold an advantage over other applicants. Learn more about Veterans’ Preference.

NSAP Applicant Disqualifications

  • Convicted of a crime involving domestic violence
  • Serious criminal activity
  • Recent illegal drug use
  • History of adverse employment actions
  • Significant credit problems, including recent bankruptcies

Where Do I Apply To Become an NSA?

NSA has an ongoing need for qualified individuals to serve as NSA Police Officers at its various facilities in and around Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA officer career position is one of the most unique and respected in the law enforcement arm of the federal government. Individuals interested in becoming an NSA officer are encouraged to apply for the position at https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/. You can also visit the NSA Qualifications and Policies page for more information about NSA careers.

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