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Land Enforcement K-9 Officer

Location:Nisqually Reservation, WA
Salary Range:Starts at $27.95/hr
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:NATURE OF WORK: This is a position in land enforcement established to protect the Nisqually Indian Communities and enforce Tribal, Federal and State laws and regulations made to protect the same.
• Patrol usual and accustomed areas within the exterior boundaries of the Nisqually Indian Reservation by vehicle, foot or watercraft to enforce appropriate laws, ordinances and treaty rights regulations.
• Prepare notes, reports, logs, as well as operational sheets for operation of equipment assigned to the Nisqually Tribe.
• Investigates criminal and treaty rights violations, questions witnesses and suspects, corroborates testimony, searches persons and scenes of crimes, writes citations, gathers evidence and presents it for trial, makes arrests when necessary.
• Operates patrol vehicles, watercraft and other equipment assigned to the Nisqually Tribe and Nisqually Tribal Police.
• Provide back up and assistance to other law enforcement agencies when called upon in emergencies.
• Performs work with latitude for independent judgment and action within departmental guidelines and policies.
• Incumbent may work with other tribal, county, state or federal officers in joint efforts to provide adequate law and treaty rights enforcement,
• Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibilities.
A Canine Officer shall have all of the same duties and responsibilities as those of a Police Officer, with the addition of those that are specific to being a canine handler. The Canine Officer’s primary duties and responsibilities are those of a Police Officer.
• Maintain and care for canine, including vehicle, kennel, and any other areas relating to the canine.
• Ensure upkeep and care is maintained of all equipment issued for training and control of the canine.
• Ensure ongoing training and maintenance of the canine’s performance is kept.
• Participate in speaking engagements and demonstrations as required.
• Have continued involvement in the investigation of drug related cases.
• Search for narcotics and illegal contraband as assigned.
• Utilize canine in drug enforcement programs.
• Keep all narcotics used for training purposes secured per Nisqually Police Department policies.

• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers and to determine proper course of action.
• Ability to read and understand laws, ordinances, rules and regulation.
• Ability to cope with stressful situations firmly. Tactfully and with respect to individual rights.
• Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
• Ability to maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.
• Ability to develop skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms, law enforcement and treaty rights equipment.
• Ability to learn and apply basic first aid procedures.
• Ability to review information related to criminal incidents, identify elements, and develop a case for prosecution.
• Ability to adjust to rotating work schedules.
• Ability to work independently, plus plan and organize work duties.
• Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Qualifications:• Must be 21 years of age or older; proof of age required.
• High school diploma or GED.
• Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License.
• Must have the physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the duties of this position.
• Must not have been arrested or convicted of a felony. Must not have been arrested or convicted of a misdemeanor (other than minor traffic offenses) within one year of application.
• Must pass an extensive background investigation. Full disclosure of previous work history will be required.
• Must successfully pass a written examination.
• Must successfully pass an oral interview board.
• Must successfully pass a psychological examination.
• May be required to pass a polygraph examination prior to or during employment.
• Must successfully complete the Washington State Basic Police Academy or Washington State Law Enforcement Equivalency Test within a prescribed time period of the hiring date.
• Must successfully qualify with duty firearm prior to performing duties of this position.
• Must be familiar with operation of land/water craft assigned to the Nisqually Tribal Police Department or be capable of learning the operation of this equipment with minimum amount of training within 30 days of hire.
• Canine Officer must first meet all qualifications of a Patrol Officer.
• Officer must successfully complete a canine training school recognized by the Nisqually Police Department before beginning actual field operations.
• Officer must be willing to make necessary alterations to yard of residence for the canine.
• Officer must possess a willingness to provide time necessary to train and care for the canine.
• Agree to a two year minimum assignment.

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