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Swinomish Tribal Police Department - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Swinomish Tribal Police Department - LATERAL
    17353 Reservation Rd.
    La Conner, Washington 98257
    Phone: 360-466-7237
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/05/2015 | Last updated: 12/19/2017

Community Information

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe that occupies the Swinomish Reservation on the Puget Sound in Washington State. The Tribe is governed by a Constitution and Bylaws that was originally adopted in 1936 and by the Swinomish Senate, the Tribe’s governing body, which is comprised of 11 elected members who serve staggered five year terms.

The Swinomish Reservation is located on the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island a few miles east of the City of Anacortes and a few miles west of the City of Mount Vernon in Skagit County. The Reservation is surrounded by 27 miles of salt water shoreline and is bounded on the west by Skagit Bay, on the east by Swinomish Channel and on the north by Padilla Bay. It's connected to the mainland by a 4-lane bridge and State Highway 20 on the north end of Swinomish Channel and by a 2-lane bridge on the south end. Tribal headquarters are located in the historic Swinomish Village on the southeast portion of the Reservation, across the Channel from the Town of LaConner.

The Reservation is about 15 square miles in size and includes 7,450 acres of upland and approximately 2,900 acres of tidelands. Today, the Tribe exercises jurisdictional authority over all lands within the Reservation boundaries, and provide governmental and other services to tribal members, non-member Indians and non-Indians, including 24 hour police protection, water and sewer service, and planning and permitting services that are available to all residents within the Reservation. The Tribe also provides services and programs for tribal members, including education, housing, senior services, and medical and dental services.

Department Information

The Swinomish Tribal Police Department is a busy, diverse group of officers and staff.  Currently, there are 23 full-time staff including officers, detectives, admin and support staff.  All of our employees are expected to be generalists and to work to accomplish the mission of the police department through P.R.I.D.E, Professionalism, Respect, Intelligence, Determination and Ethical behavior.  

The department conducts a robust patrol program, including bicycle and marine patrol.  There are a number of specialty opportunities including Marine Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Community Service Officer, etc. 

Area Information

  • County: Skagit County
  • Population: 3,000
  • # OF STAFF: 22

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/30   X
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Yes, or out-of-state equivalent. X  
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We will consider the highest score.    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Current Hiring Status

Lateral Applications are being accepted at this time. Make sure to complete both a Swinomish Employment Application in addition to all of the requirements of Public Safety Testing in order to be eligible.  

Number of Current Vacancies: 3

To be considered as a lateral candidate you must be a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) Certified Officer with a minimum of 12 months experience with a law enforcement agency.  

Salary Information

Police Officer pay scale is $5435-$6196 monthly.  The department will receive a 3% COLA as of January 1st, 2018. If hired, lateral applicants will be placed at step two of the six-step patrol officer salary scale.  Upon successful completion of the FTO process they will move to step three of the salary scale.  

In addition to base pay, Officers receive education pay of 4% for AA Degree or 6 % for a BA/BS Degree. As of January of 2017, an AA degree or equivalent is required to be considered for employment.

Officers also receive specialty pay for certain assignments and skills, and longevity pay as a part of the pay package.

In addition, successful lateral candidates will receive a $6000 hiring bonus as follows: $2000 upon being hired, $2000 upon successful completion of the FTO process and $2000 after one year of service. 

Benefit Information

• Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
• Generous vacation and sick leave
• Flexible spending account
• Employee assistance program
• Take home vehicle (within department policy) 
• Uniforms and equipment provided