WE CURRENTLY WORK ROTATING 10 HOUR SHIFTS. WE ROTATE EVERY 2 MONTHS. AND WORK 4 DAYS ON AND 3 DAYS OFF.
ROSEBURG VAPD INFORMATION
The Roseburg Oregon VA Medical facility comprises approximately 100 acres - a large Hospital, Mental Health ward, and several other facilities. We have a nine hole golf course on station and are located next to the South Umpqua River. Our Police Dept operates 24 hours day 7 days a week.
We currently are allotted one Patrol car. The Department constantly upgrades our equipment so that we may have the newest state of the art equipment helping us provide protection to all who enter onto our VARHS property. We recently purchased an audio/video recording system and a Python II stationary/mobile radar for the patrol car. We are currently attempting to acquire a MDC computer for the car so we may access law enforcement information faster. We received our 2005 Crown Victoria Interceptor complete with the full police package in April of 2004.
Our officers continually attend law enforcement training locally, regionally, and nationally allowing them to remain current on police theory and practice. All officers initially attend a five week police academy in Little Rock Arkansas under the auspices of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Though this academy may appear shorter than that required of most police departments, to qualify as a VA Police officer, one must have several years of credible law enforcement experience prior to appointment to the position. Consequently, our officers have attended at least one or more police academies. Each Officer is also put through an intensive background check, serves a one year probationary period, and annually receives a medical physical, means test, and psychological testing.
At a minimum, VA Police officers must complete 40 hours of training annually. In addition, VARHS officers spend numerous hours training in order to better serve our community, and maintain our full arrest authority. Our officers carry firearms, PR-24's and OC Pepper Spray receiving 40 hours of training with each weapon and qualifying semi-annually with the firearm. Due to the increased need for Law Enforcement on VA facilities much has changed over the course of the last 10 years and will continue to change.
Currently the Congress has proposed a bill to consolidate all federal law enforcement (excluding the DoD & DHS law enforcement), into one agency under the US Department of Justice. Officer's falling under the definitions of this new agency will receive a 20 year law enforcement retirement, and qualify under a new pay scale . This then allows officer to retire at 20 years instead of at 30 year FERS retirement plan.