Police Officer

Job Summary:

Performs professional law enforcement duties, which include but are not limited to, patrol, crime investigation work and responding to requests for services.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintains public peace and safety.

  • Patrols assigned areas.

  • Responds to incoming calls to the Tribal Police Department.

  • Investigates complaints and incidents of a suspicious nature.

  • Works with citizens to enforce state, Tribal and local laws.

  • Cites and/or arrests persons in violation of the law.

  • Responds to security and/or alarm issues at all Tribal facilities and Tribal lands. Handles citizen complaints.

  • Attends meetings and trainings to keep abreast of modern criminal justice practices and procedures.

  • Prepares accurate and complete police reports on crimes and investigations.

  • Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced.

  • Acts as a liaison for Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Tribal Police Department.

  • Investigates major crime scenes, as necessary.

  • Maintains composure under adverse conditions, including public harassment, critical injuries, natural disasters and death.

  • Attends public meeting and represents the Tribal Police department as assigned.

  • Performs a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education, Experience, and Licenses:

  • Requires a High School or GED and two (2) years of work experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. Associate's degree in Criminal Justice preferred.

  • Requires DPSST certification and for it to be in good current standing.

  • Requires one (1) year of experience as a police officer.

  • Requires maintaining Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification by completing required number of hours of training per DPSST in Oregon.

  • Must maintain a valid Oregon driver's license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe's vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance.

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications:

  • Must be 21 years of age and a US citizen.

  • Requires successfully completing a physical fitness (agility) test, as well as maintaining the physical ability to perform the job, including the ability to handle persons resisting arrest.

  • Requires experience and skills using firearms and other police equipment.

  • Requires extensive experience interacting with citizens from a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.

  • No felony convictions or convictions of any domestic assault misdemeanors.

  • Must have ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions.

  • Must have ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with other governmental officials, employees and the public.

  • Must have ability to develop a thorough knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and Tribal ordinances.

  • Must have ability and experience preparing comprehensive reports in a clear and concise manner.

  • Must have ability and experience to act quickly and calmly under emergency situations.

  • Must be able to effectively analyze situations quickly and objectively and be able to recognize actual and potential dangerous situations, and take appropriate action.

  • Must be able to present evidence and testimony in court effectively.

  • Must be able to work a modified schedule as needed, including rotating shifts and working for extended periods of time, sometimes past the end of a normal shift (12 or more hours).  Overtime is occasionally required, contingent upon scheduling needs.
  • Must be able to pass a psychological evaluation.

  • Knowledge of Native American culture required.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

  • Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.

  • Continually requires the ability to express or receive detailed information or important instructions through oral communication.

  • Continually requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Requires repetitive movement of wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.

  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time, raising objects from a lower to a higher position and/or moving objects horizontally.

  • Occasionally requires lifting of up to 50 pounds.

  • Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.

  • This position is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

  • May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during Emergencies, or when the Tribal Emergency Operations Center is opened.

  • Local travel is occasionally required. Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.

Background Check:

  • Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and will be subject to fingerprinting.


The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.