The mission of the Port Gamble SKlallam Tribal Department of Public Safety is to protect life and property, maintain order, investigate crimes, enforce all applicable laws and ordinances, protect natural resources, enforce Port Gamble SKlallam Tribal Fishing, Hunting and Forest Codes, investigate violations, arrest and issue citations on violators within the boundaries of the Port Gamble SKlallam Reservation and within the boundaries of the Point No Point Treaty Area.
The Public Safety Officer protects life and property, maintains peace and order, enforces all applicable tribal laws and ordinances, and protects fishing, game and forest tribal rights. Arrests and issues citations to violators, conduct applicable investigations, and provide testimony in court.
- Authority: Enforces all applicable laws and ordinances specified in the Port Gamble SKlallam Tribal Code.
- Analysis: Receives information from the Public Safety Sergeant, Lieutenant or Director of Public Safety, other Fish and Game Officers, Police Officers, Informants, Community Members, Tribal Court Staff, and other agencies. Evaluates information and investigates reported violations, makes recommendations where appropriate action is needed to prevent violations, apprehend violators, or other action.
- Equipment: Operates emergency vehicles and patrol boats in all weather conditions, day or night. Uses radio, cell phone, and other communication related equipment. Uses firearms as authorized by the department and participates in firearm qualifications and certifications described in the department policy manual, uses equipment authorized by the department for restraint of violators either electronic or chemical, prepares written reports and documents required using a computer, and operates various types of office equipment. Safeguards department equipment from damage or theft.
- Image: Commands the confidence and respect of the community, staff, and others. Displays professional conduct, obey applicable laws and comply with policy and procedures, maintain a clean and neat appearance, and demonstrate overall conduct on and off duty in a manner that presents a positive role model.
- Integrity: Maintains the highest standard of ethical conduct, confidentiality of all department related information, and strictly follows and enforces the chain of command.
- Interpersonal Relations: Develops and maintains effective and positive working relationships with community members, department staff, tribal staff, and staff from other agencies and organizations. Interacts with the community members and others in a manner that is respectful and culturally sensitive.
- Judgment: Ensures sound decisions by acting on the basis of training, reliable information, extensive knowledge of the applicable Tribal Laws and Ordinances, Department procedures and policies, information received from the Tribal Court and other departments. Manages crises by following established procedures and addresses unanticipated developments by accessing appropriate resources.
- Sensitivity: Contributes towards community development and positive community relations by being aware and considerate of the needs and feelings of others.
- Stress Tolerance: Maintains a high level of performance maintaining stability under varied demands and circumstances, crises, opposition and hostility.
- Verbal Skills: Expresses self clearly and effectively when talking with individuals and groups. Ensures the timely and accurate communication of issues to the Public Safety Sergeant, Deputy Chief, Director of Public Safety, Tribal Court, and community members as well as other tribal staff and other agencies and organizations.
- Work Standards: Ensures the safe and successful accomplishment of department and personal performance objectives by observing high standards of conduct that result in peaceful, procedurally correct arrests, criminal investigations, proper record maintenance, and peacekeeping.
- Writing Skills: Ensures timely and accurate complaint documentation as required by department policy and the Tribal Court. Uses effective written communication skills to inform and document incidents.
- Case Investigations: Uses investigative techniques and equipment per department policies to process, research, document and solve cases involving violations of all applicable laws and ordinances, fishing, hunting and forest violations, and other assigned cases.
- Court Appearance: Appears and provides testimony in Tribal Court.
- Emergency Response: Responds to medical emergencies and fire responses when requested, to calls for Public Safety services when requested, to support and back up any public safety officer when needed, performs First Aid/CPR when necessary, and to emergency calls located within the waterways of the Tribe. Responds to calls for emergency assistance by outside agencies when requested.
- Meetings: Attends all meetings, community functions, seminars etc as directed.
- Patrol: Provides protection within all areas of responsibility within the boundaries of the Port Gamble SKlallam Reservation and all areas within the boundaries of the Point No Point Treaty in a patrol vehicle and/or boat. Responds to calls for public safety services and/or assistance including all areas involving Fish, Game, and Forest enforcement.
- Training: May be required to attend training as designated from time to time. Training designated my involve travel and periods away from the reservation.
- Other Duties as Assigned: May be required to perform designated duties outside job description.
- Education: High School Diploma, or GED.
- Must have Current Law Enforcement Certification in the State of Washington or State recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, or the Bureau of Indian Affairs (FLETC). (Proof required)
- Two (2) years experience working as a commissioned Police Officer for a City, County, State, Tribal or Federal Agency
- Background Investigation: Must have successfully passed a criminal background investigation, must have no felony convictions, must have no violations of Domestic Violence, must have had no misdemeanor convictions within the past three (3) years, must not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, or convicted of any crime that would compromise the integrity or credibility of the officer.
- Must successfully complete a psychological and polygraphexamination.
- First Aid/CPR Certification: Must be currently certified in Basic First Aid and CPR or become certified within thirty (30) days of appointment.
- ACCESS Security Awareness Training: Must complete within (30) Days of Employment
- ACCESS Level One Certification: Must complete within (180) Days of Employment
- On Call Response: Must reside within close proximity to the Port Gamble SKlallam Reservation and be able to respond within twenty (25) minutes if called back to duty.
- Personal Computer Skills: Basic personal computer skills are required as well as the ability to learn word processing, spreadsheet and other software used by the department.
- Drug Testing: The Port Gamble SKlallam Tribe is a Drug Free Workplace environment. Must participate in a pre-screen drug test of either urine of hair follicle.
- Finger Printed: Done the same day as the Drug Test, part of the pre-employment testing.
- United States Citizen
- Valid Washington State Drivers License.
- Local, Statewide and out of state travel may be required.
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Police Department is currently establishing an eligibility list.
Lateral officers will not be required to complete the Washington State physical agility. They must be currently certified as a law enforcement officer and recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Center.
Entry level candidates will be required to pass the Washington State physical agility test to be place on the eligibility list.
Lateral/entry candidates if selected or hired will be required to pass the background investigation, polygraph and physiological testing.