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VACANCY ANN#:     STOI-20-064
STATUS:                      NON-EXEMPT, FULL-TIME
RATE OF PAY:           $19.00 – $29.00/PER HR. (DOE/DOQ)
OPENING DATE:      AUGUST 26, 2020

** This position is for 3 Certified Patrol Officers or Officer Trainees. **


Spokane Tribal Police Patrol Officers patrol the Spokane Indian Reservation, including outer Trust Lands and communities for the prevention, intervention and investigation of criminal activities. Additionally, Officers will provide service to the community in a manner that is consistent the Spokane Tribal Law and Order Code, Federal, State and local statutes and ordinances in accordance with the courtesies, customs and traditions of the Spokane Tribal Police Department and Spokane Tribe of Indians Mission and Vision Statements. Officers will retain discretion and authority on when to arrest or warn individuals for various law violations; communicate with the public using the highest level of respect, professionalism, and integrity.


  • Work with the community, employees and visitors of Spokane Tribe of Indians to promote and protect their general health, property, safety and well-being.
  • 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.
  • Effect arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons.
  • Prepare and write investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrating communication skills in court and other formal settings as a fact witness, and where appropriate, an expert witness.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions which indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • 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 to perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a US Citizen who is a lawful permanent resident
  • Must Be at least 21-years of age at the time of basic police academy entrance
  • Lateral Officers over the age of 60 may be required to verify job fitness through job proficiency testing and medical examinations that exceed normal requirements.
  • Must have a minimum of High School Diploma (Some College or Degree is preferred)
  • If in possession of a high school equivalency/GED proof of advanced schooling/training above that level of education is required. This is a technical skilled position that requires an above average degree of skills at least equivalent to a 12th grade education. A solid understanding of English, Grammar, Math, Science and Physics principals are necessary in order to perform many job functions.
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No Domestic Violence Convictions
  • No history of Misdemeanor crimes within the past 5-years of the date of application involving crimes of dishonesty, drugs or crimes of violence.
  • No DUI/DWI’s or related traffic convictions within the past 3-years
  • Must be able to legally possess and carry a firearm in accordance with Federal, State and Tribal Law
  • In the past 5-years no personal or professional issues with the Use or Sale of Controlled Substances including Marijuana
  • Must possess a current and valid state issued driver’s license and be able to obtain a Washington State Driver’s License with 30-days on hire.
  • Must have and maintain above standard driving record and be insurable by the Spokane Tribe of Indians insurance provider to operate Tribal/Government vehicles.
  • Must be able to work extended and various working hours and conditions; i.e. Days, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays.
  • Must have the ability to potentially work in hazardous/unsafe weather and/or other potentially dangerous conditions where one’s personal safety may be at risk.


  • Police officers must be able to communicate from a basic level to college level with person(s) by verbal, non-verbal and written communications.
  • Officers must be able to be quick and logical thinkers with the ability to solve deep and complex problems and communicate these ideas to others both verbally and in written forms.
  • Officers must educate with creativity and understanding while being courteous and insightful when working with the public.
  • Officers must be able to read complex laws and legal documents and interpret and discuss this information.
  • Officer must have the ability to be kind, patient and maintain their composure with all person(s).
  • Officers must be leaders that compose themselves with the highest levels of integrity, conduct and demeanor so as to instill confidence in the public and maintain the peace.
  • Officers must also possess the ability to wisely use force if necessary.


  • If applying as a “Certified Police Officer” you must have credentialing in good standing from the Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC), Washington State or from another State that is recognized by FLETC in order to receive lateral consideration. Questions regarding this requirement can be forwarded though Spokane Tribe Human Resources Department to the Chief of Police.
  • Trainee “Patrol Officer Positions” must be at least 21-years of age at the time of basic academy completion and no older than 57-years of age at the time of application. Proof of age is required at the time of application. (A copy of legal photo ID: Federal, State or Tribal is required with application)


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is mandatory. Post-secondary training or education is not required but is favorable for this position and may be given preference if applicable. Currently certified police officers may be given preference in hiring considerations.

Upon prospective employee’s acceptance of this position and WHEN the Spokane Tribe of Indians incurs costs associated with providing basic police certification, in order to fulfill statutory requirements of this position, s/he may be required to reimburse the Spokane Tribe of Indians for pay and costs associated with providing such training if the employee voluntarily vacates this position with less than 3-years post training work for the Spokane Tribe of Indians.


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 Flett

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

 E-mail:   hrfrontdesk@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 Probation Period