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POLICE OFFICER – LATERAL

VACANCY ANN#:   STOI-20-118
TITLE:                        POLICE OFFICER – LATERAL
DEPARTMENT:       SPOKANE TRIBAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
SUPERVISOR:         CHIEF OF POLICE/ SERGEANT
LOCATION:              SPOKANE INDIAN RESERVATION
STATUS:                    NON-EXEMPT, FULL-TIME
RATE OF PAY:         $26.00 – $29.00/PER HR. (DOE/DOQ)
OPENING DATE:    FEBRUARY 22, 2021
CLOSING DATE:    MARCH 01, 2021

INTRODUCTION: This position is for a Certified Police Officer.
Spokane Tribal Police officers patrol the Spokane Indian Reservation, outer Trust Lands and communities for the prevention/intervention of criminal activities. Officers will arrest violators of the Spokane Tribal Law and Order Code, Federal and State and local statutes and ordinances, the criminal codes and crimes against persons and property; will issue citations for 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.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with the community, employees and visitors of Spokane Tribe of Indians to promote their general health, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Be able to work extended and various working hours, days and conditions that are contrary to generally accepted work scheduling and conditions. (i.e. Nights, Weekends, Holidays and hazardous/unsafe weather and/or other conditions)

MANDATORY JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
• 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 or Equivalent (Some College or Degree is preferred)
• No Felony Convictions
• No Domestic Violence Convictions
• Must be able to legally possess and carry a firearm in accordance with Federal, State and Tribal Law
• No History of Crimes related to dishonesty
• In the past 10-years no personal or professional issues with the Use or Sale of Controlled Substances including Marijuana
• Must have and maintain above standard driving record and be insurable by the Spokane Tribe of Indians insurance provider

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION:
Police officers must be able to communicate from a basic level to college level with person(s) by verbal, non-verbal and written communications based upon needs and skills of clientele. 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 reports. Officers must educate with creativity, understanding, courteous and insightful when working with the public. Offices must be able to read complex laws and legal documents and interpret and discuss this information with people of all educational levels and communications capacities. Officer must have the ability to be kind, patient and maintain their composure with all person(s) regardless of the other person(s) demeanor and despite verbal abuse or offensive language. 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 regardless of circumstances. Officers must also possess the ability to use force if necessary.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Must have credentialing in good standing from the Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC) or from another jurisdiction 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.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
High School Diploma or equivalent. 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 consideration.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• To be a Police Officer you must be able to 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 requiring high levels of dexterity.
• Have the physical ability to 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 running and lifting of people of 150+ pounds.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see, feel and hear. The Employee is also regularly required to stand, walk, run; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, and to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, also climb and get into confined spaces.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus and night-vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in all types of weather and working conditions from office, vehicle, indoors and out, during all times of the year. Officers are exposed to possible injury due to responding to emergency conditions, hazardous environments, and will be subjected to noise, vibration, dust, dirt, fumes, smoke and possibly many types of guns and weapons. Additionally, officers are exposed to hazardous situations in evolving persons in various mental states due to medical condition(s) or levels of intoxication from alcohol and/or drugs.

Officers are also subject to a high degree danger inherent to the job and may be put into life threatening situations both known and unknown as a consequence of protection of life and public service. Officers must be willing to work alone or in conjunction with team operations.

SPECIAL BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS:
As this position is administered under the authority of the Public Law 93-638 (A13AV00232) contact between the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. All positions must comply with the provisions of 25 CFR 12.11 and evaluated under the guidelines set forth by the Spokane Tribe of Indians employment policy and 441 DM 5.
441 DM 5
5.1 General Requirements.
The adjudication criteria are applicable to Federal applicants/employees, consultants, contractors, and other classifications of individuals who are subject to a background investigation. Individuals whose conduct and behavior are such that entrusting them with classified information, assigning them to sensitive duties, or assigning them to a position of public trust is clearly consistent with the interests of national security or the efficiency of the Federal service.

OTHER:
• Prospective Employees must complete a Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalency. If certified from another academy, other than FLETC and that academy does not meet the standards of Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Police Academy an equivalency academy or full FLETC Academy is required.
• 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.
• A pre-employment agreement with the Spokane Tribe of Indians will be signed by prospective employees. Prospective employees may be denied employment with the Spokane Tribal Police Department for refusal to comply with this stipulation.

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 Ford
(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 Will be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

Law Enforcement Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A One Year Probationary Period