Law Enforcement - Police Officer
Closes: When Filled
Department: Law Enforcement
Reports To: Shift Commander
Hours: 40 Hours/Week – Full Time
Lateral: $43.40 / hour + benefits*
*In addition to salary, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program (EAP), financial wellness program, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, overtime, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.
Please make sure that you do meet the minimum requirements for our Police Officer position:
Ø Must have a valid, unrestricted driver’s license and be insurable.
Ø Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
Ø Must be at least 21 years of age upon hire.
Ø Must have or qualify for a valid Washington State Concealed weapons permit.
Ø Must be able to pass a drug screen prior to hire and randomly throughout employment which includes: Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methadone, Methaqualone, Opiates, PCP, and Propoxyphene.
Ø Entry level candidates must be able and willing to attend the Police Academy at the FLETC in Artesia, New Mexico, which is a 12-week program.
Ø Criminal Disqualifiers:
· Must not have pleaded guilty or been convicted of a felony offense. (Deferred sentence or expungement of conviction is disqualifying.)
· Must not have pleaded guilty or been convicted of a misdemeanor offense, included but not limited to: child endangerment or child abuse, domestic violence, assault, driving under the influence (DUI) offense within the last three years, or the offense of moral turpitude, included but not limited to perjury, in a Tribal, State or Federal Court.
· Must not be the current subject of an administrative or internal affairs investigation.
Important: A written exam, 1.5 mile run, and pre-psych suitability assessment exam is required prior to the oral board/interview. Details are below --
After submitting your application through this online application portal, the next step is to schedule and complete a written exam with Public Safety Testing. Please schedule your PST written exam as soon as possible. The Puyallup Tribe will cover the cost of your exam. When checking out, use the coupon code: PTPDFREE. Candidates have the option to purchase out-of-pocket a combo study guide and practice test for $28. Separately, the study guide is $21 and the practice test is $13. These study materials are not paid for by the Puyallup Tribe.
To schedule the PST Written Exam:
The Puyallup Tribe’s Police Officer position is listed on the PST website. To schedule, you can use the link https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/for-candidates/career-opportunities/all and scroll down to find the Puyallup Tribal Police Officer position under WA. You will be able to complete your application online and select the testing date (virtual testing requires video/camera) and/or location most convenient for you. If you have any PST website or testing questions, feel free to call PST at toll-free 1.866.HIRE-911.
If you are a previous applicant with PST and have completed a written exam within the last 6 months, you will be able to submit your score to the Puyallup Tribe’s position as an add-on. The coupon code can be used to cover the $11 add-on fee.
1.5 Mile Run:
The next run is TBD.
Pre-Psych SAR Exam:
After a candidate has completed and passed the written exam and run, Human Resources will email instructions for scheduling the pre-psych SAR examination.
Responsible for the enforcement of all tribal laws and regulations which shall include both land and marine areas which are under tribal jurisdiction. The police officer should possess understanding of sovereignty, tribal regulations and the need for their enforcement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Works in partnership to build positive relationships with the community and other agencies to solve law enforcement issues and to improve the quality of life for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and its residents.
- Patrols an assigned area of the reservation in a patrol vehicle, a motorcycle, marine vessel or bicycle, during an assigned shift, to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce civil regulations.
- Answers both emergency and non-emergency calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, domestic situations, robberies and other misdemeanors, and other disturbances and answers felony calls and takes necessary police action.
- Conducts preliminary investigations at crime scenes and accidents, gathers evidence, locates and questions witnesses.
- Testifies as a witness in court.
- Interviews witnesses and/or complainants; collects material evidence and performs crime scene work; performs surveillance; apprehends, interviews, and arrests suspects; prepares and submits accurate reports and keeps detailed incident logs; assists other jurisdictions and agencies; participates in undercover investigations of narcotics, gambling, vice and other activities, violations and crimes; may be called on at any time for emergency duties.
- Maintains confidentiality so as not to jeopardize on-going cases.
- Must be able to quickly assess situations in accordance with operating rules, regulations and laws while considering the needs of the community in order to protect the health and safety of the public, other officers and himself/herself.
- Performs hunting patrols and patrols of seasonal fireworks areas or other events/activities. May work marine or hunting patrols including ensuring that shellfish divers are in compliance with shellfish code through quarterly Urine Analysis.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications and Requirements
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Entry Level Candidates:
Must be able to complete the Washington State Training Commission Basic Academy, or Bureau of Indian Affairs Basic Police Training or other tribal/state approved basic academy within one year of hire.
Must complete Washington State equivalency commission within one year of hire as a condition of employment.
Must be able to obtain a commission through agencies in which the tribe has entered into Memorandums of Understanding/Agreement (MOU/MOA) for commissioning within the first year of employment, and maintain such cross commission during entire length of employment.
Must complete a one-year probationary period with the Law Enforcement Department after successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
Must successfully complete field training.
Must be currently certified as a police officer and have worked as a police officer during the past two years and have no break-in-service.
Graduate of the Washington Training Commission Basic Academy or Bureau of Indian Affairs Basic Police Training or other tribal/state-approved basic academy. Must submit proof of Academy certification.
Washington State Equivalency examination within one year of hire as a condition of employment.
Must be able to obtain a cross-commission through Pierce County Sheriff’s Department within the first year of employment.
Lateral candidates can be exempted from the written/physical agility test if Academy certified and have worked as an officer within the last two years. Lateral candidates must submit proof of Academy certification.
Must have a valid state driver’s license and be insurable.
Must have or qualify for a valid Washington State concealed weapons permit.
Must have no felonies.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Must be able to successfully complete a physical agility and written test; and psychological evaluation as part of the hiring qualification process. Lateral candidates can be exempted from the written/physical agility test if Academy certified and have worked as an officer within the last two years. Lateral candidates must submit proof of Academy certification.
Must be able to successfully complete periodic physical and psychological evaluations during entire length of employment.
Must be able to pass a physical medical exam and drug screen in order to meet BIA requirements.
Required to attend necessary trainings.
- Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
- Must deal with the public in a tactical, pleasant and courteous manner.
- The employee regularly required to talk and hear; sit; stand; walk; drive; push and/or pull; kneel, stoop, crouch or crawl; and reach with hands and arms.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
- The noise level is moderate.
- The physical exertion is moderate.
- Work is performed in outdoor weather conditions.
- The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat; and may be required to work with explosives.
- Position may be stressful at times due to the sensitive or confidential issues being addressed.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law
- Pay Type Hourly
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