DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

The Port Gamble Police Department is a "full service agency" that provides law enforcement and civil processing services to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Indian Reservation.

The Department consists of 12 commissioned officers. We serve over 1,300 Tribal Members and residents of the approximately 1,700 acre reservation. The Port Gamble Police places a strong emphasis on community oriented policing for all residents and visitors.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Port Gamble Department of Public Safety is to protect Life and Property, to maintain order, to investigate crime, to enforce all applicable Laws and to assist community members on the Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation while respecting the Culture, Jurisdiction, and Sovereignty of the Tribe and it's people.

EXCLUSION LIST

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe excludes persons who threaten the peace, health, safety, welfare, property and/or cultural identity of the Tribe.

Excluded persons are legally prohibited from entering the Port Gamble S’Klallam Indian Reservation, which includes The Point Casino, The Gliding Eagle Market and the High Point Cannabis Store.

Violating an Exclusion Order is a criminal offense, and will result in the criminal prosecution of the excluded person.  The maximum penalty for violating an Exclusion Order is imprisonment up to 364 days and/or a $5,000 fine.

 Harboring an excluded person is also a crime, and will result in criminal prosecution of the offender/s.  The maximum penalty for harboring an excluded person is imprisonment up to 180 days and/or a $1,000 fine.

REPORT VIOLATIONS BY CALLING 9-1-1

Click here to download a pdf of the Tribe's Exclusion list.

 PATROL DIVISION

The patrol division is the uniformed division of the police department.  Uniformed officers are responsible for responding to emergency calls, calls for service, conducting investigations, traffic enforcement and to proactively fight crime and solve problems in the community. Our department's officers are certified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  We work hand-in-hand with our local law enforcement partners, primarily the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department, the Washington State Patrol and the FBI, when responding to and investigating crimes.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Criminal Investigations is a plainclothes unit that oversees:

  • Forensic Services
  • Major Crimes
  • Property Crimes
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Special Assault Investigations 

 SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Bicycle patrol
  • Search and rescue
  • Dive team
  • Water rescue
  • Firearms training team
  • Defensive tactics training team

Interested in Joining our Team?

The Port Gamble Police Department seeks to recruit the best candidates.  Here are the minimum hiring standards for our department:

  • Age: 21
  • Education: Proof of high school graduation or a certified GED
  • Physical Fitness (Entry-Level Candidates Only): 300 meter run in at least 71 seconds, at least 21 pushups (No time limit), at least 30 situps (1 min), 1.5 mile run/walk in less than 14:30.
  • Citizenship: US Citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Veterans: Must have been discharged under honorable circumstances (When applicable).  Cannot be active duty, unless applying for a Reserve Officer position.
  • Driver's License: Must have a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to being hired.
  • Criminal Record: An applicant's criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.  The following examples will be disqualifying: (1) Any adult felony convictions, (2) Any domestic violence conviction.
  • Traffic RecordAn applicant's driving record will be considered on a case-by-case basis within the past five years. The following examples will be disqualifying: (1) DUI, Negligent Driving, Reckless Driving, and/or Hit & Run within the past five years; (2) Suspension of your driver's license within the past 5 years.
  • Employment History: An applicant's employment history, including any terminations or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • Financial: An applicant's credit history will be thoroughly assessed and pertinent decision-making issues may be grounds for disqualification.  Particular areas of concern include failure to pay income taxes and child support, debt-to-income ratio, as well as collections history.
  • Professional Appearance: Applicants are expected to display a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
  • Drug Use: No drug use after the age of 25 AND not within the past 5 years (1 year for marijuana).
  • Lateral Applicants: At the time you are applying to this department, you must already have a Washington State Peace Officer Certification.  Upon hire, you will be paid at the full-performance wage.
  • Exceptional Entry-Level Applicants: At the time you are applying to this department, you must have successfully completed a basic police academy which is recognized as equivalant by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and be eligible for a peace officer certification by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  Please see their website for specific information about which basic academies are accepted.  Upon hire, you will be paid above the entry-level wage, but just below the full-performance wage until you complete the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.

Hiring Process:

  • Physical fitness test (entry-level candidates only)
  • Oral board
  • Chief's oral board
  • Comprehensive background investigation
    • Completion and submission of personal history questionnaire paperwork
    • Criminal history and driver's records checks
    • Credit report check
    • Interviews with personal and professional references
    • Interviews and records check with current and former employers
    • Interviews with applicant's spouse or significant other
    • Neighborhood checks and home visit/interview
    • Polygraph examination and report
    • Medical physical examination and report
    • Psychological examination and report

Please see the Tribe's human resources page for current openings.

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