Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-165
Rate of Pay $19.00 - $29.00, DOE, DOQ
Opening Date AUGUST 1, 2018
Closing Date AUGUST 15, 2018

Position Summary:

The incumbent of this position must attend or have attended a F.L.E.T.C. (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) basic week police academy or F.L.E.T.C. recognized basic police academy and upon return to the Spokane Tribe of Indians Law Enforcement Department and participate in a field training program for up to one year. Incumbent will patrol the Spokane Indian Reservation, outer Trust Lands and communities for the prevention/intervention of criminal activities. Will arrest violators of the Spokane Tribal Law and Order code, Federal and State and local statutes and ordinances, for violations of the criminal codes and crimes against persons and property; will issue citations for the traffic violations, and educate violators when it appears reasonable; will be delegated a great deal of discretionary authority on when to arrest or warn individuals for various law violations; will communicate with the public using the highest level of respect, professionalism, and integrity to ensure the general public maintains a supportive opinion and view of the Spokane Tribal Police Department.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Effect arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during daytime or nighttime, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and on unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicle; lifting, caring, and dragging heavy objects; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Conduct searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles and the elderly, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrating communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions which indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, court papers and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects which will include working with Corrections Staff in processing booking paperwork, taking photographs, finger printing and obtaining medical clearances.
  • Maintain and use efficiently all department issued equipment (i.e. weapon, vehicle, and uniform) in a clean and functional fashion.
  • This job description does not list all of the duties of this position. You may be instructed by Directors to perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Training):

  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must be between the age of 21 and 57 years old, per age requirements listed in BIA Handbook III. Proof required at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be of high moral character, and possess the personal integrity to handle the stress of the position.
  • Experience reflecting knowledge of computers and associated software.
  • Must be able to write clear and concise investigative reports.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person, on the telephone, and in written format.
  • Must be physically capable of performing the position functions; with the ability to work/drive in adverse weather conditions.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Drivers License, and be tribally insurable. A driver’s abstract from Washington State Department of Licensing will also be a requirement.  May be licensed from another state but able to obtain a Washing State Driver’s License within 30 days of employment.
  • Must have the ability to work alone in the performance of his/her duties.
  • Must be able to work varying/rotating shift to include days, nights, weekends and holidays as needed by the department.
  • Must have successfully completed a F.L.E.T.C. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center or equivalent basic police academy that is F.L.E.T.C. recognized.   
  • Must successfully pass a, 10-year extensive, Criminal Background Inquiry; results must not reflect any felony convictions, any crimes related to dishonesty, nor misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence and incumbent must meet all background requirements I.A.W 25§CFR, BIA Handbook III and Spokane Tribal Human Resource policy.


• Must complete a Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalency if certified from another academy other than F.L.E.T.C.

  • During the probation period, they must demonstrate good knowledge of the principles and practices of police work; good knowledge of laws and ordinances governing local law enforcement; good knowledge of first aid; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department personnel and the general public; ability to think clearly in high stress and emergency situations; good professional judgment; integrity; tact and honesty.
  • If training “basic police” is paid for by the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the incumbent agrees to work for the Spokane Tribal Police Department for a minim of 3 years from the completion of basic police academy.
  • Positions with the Spokane Tribal Law Enforcement Division are subject to a One (1) year Probationary Period that begins upon successful completion of basic police academy, unless basic academy criteria are met at time of employment, then probation will begin upon date of hire.

Note: This position has been identified as a “Safety Sensitive” position. This position is subject to pre-employment, random and post-accident drug testing.


Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department

Or can be downloaded online at: www.spokanetribe.com

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Ford

(509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527 or  FAX: (509) 458-6556

E-mail:   sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or andrea.flett@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department No

 Later Than 4:30 p.m. on the Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian

Preference Policy

Applicants May be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period