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Police Officer

Closing Date: Apr 30, 2021

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement (CRITFE) Police Officers are directly responsible for carrying out all enforcement and protective patrols by foot, vehicle, and boat on the main stem Columbia River (Oregon and Washington shores) and its environs and also patrol at the In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access sites (TFAS). Patrols are dictated by CRITFC/CRITFE policy, Tribal policy, contractual obligations of the Law Enforcement Department, and at the direction of patrol supervisors.

Position Details

  • Department: Enforcement
  • Classification: Regular, full-time, non-exempt
  • Salary: $50,506 – $55,157
  • Location: Hood River or Boardman, OR
  • Vacancies: There are four vacancies to be filled from this recruitment

Essential Job Functions

  1. Protect tribal treaty rights and the fishery resource, protect the In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access sites and the users of these sites. Maintain a working knowledge of fishing codes/regulations, laws, resolutions, customs, and traditions of the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama), learn the tribal codes, BIA/Federal codes, and codes of the States of Oregon and Washington as applicable.
  2. Investigate violations and incidents, issue warnings and citations, apprehend violators, write case reports, prepare cases for court, process evidence and/or property, assist citizens as necessary, and refer non-treaty Indians and non-Indians to the appropriate state.
  3. Safely operate and maintain all equipment pertinent to law enforcement including, but not limited to, boats, vehicles, firearms, radios, boat and vehicle electronic equipment, photography equipment, etc.
  4. Cooperate with and assist other enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern and/or mutual aid relating to ordinances, regulations, and enforcement. Maintain open lines of communication with tribal fishers, fellow officers, dispatchers and supervisors.
  5. Maintain complete familiarity with, and a working knowledge of, the contents of both the CRITFC Personnel Policy Manual and the Law Enforcement department’s Operations Manual (OM).
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  1. DPSST certified or certifiable in the State of Oregon with knowledge and experience of general enforcement duties and techniques. Knowledge or ability to learn tribal fishing rights and tribal, federal, and state enforcement codes.
  2. Ability to maintain composure and professional behavioral standards in highly complex and stressful situations.
  3. Ability to become familiar with equipment and patrol techniques for effective enforcement in the main stem Columbia River area.
  4. Work well as a team member with other CRITFE officers and CRITFC staff, officers from other tribal enforcement agencies and non-Indian enforcement agencies.
  5. Possess self-initiative and ability to function with minimal direct supervision in conducting productive protective and enforcement patrols.
  6. Possess tact and good communications skills, both verbal and written.
  7. Possess basic computer skills for report writing, CAD/MDT operations, messaging, etc.
  8. Maintain physical standards required of an enforcement officer for purposes of health, safety, agility, and professional appearance.
  9. Ability to work long hours and rotating shifts to provide coverage related to enforcement needs and to the seasonal aspects of fisheries enforcement.
  10. Residence must be within 30 minutes driving time from the CRITFE’s Hood River Enforcement Office or CRITFE’s Boardman Enforcement Office
  11. Valid driver license, excellent driving record and no criminal history. Must be able to meet standards of CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle Operation Policy.


  • Supervision Received: This position works under the direct supervision of the Patrol Sergeant and indirect supervision of the Captain and the Chief.
  • Supervision Given: Officers exercise no supervisory authority except in those instances where an officer has clear seniority over another and circumstances require an immediate supervisory decision in the absence of a supervisor or when it would be impractical to wait.

Working Conditions

Outdoor patrols by vehicle, foot, or boat; some office time for reports, training, and meetings. Must be physically fit to lift and pull fishing gear in all weather conditions, for foot patrols over rocky terrain, and for long hours of surveillance. Required qualification for and to carry firearms, capsicum, and an asp baton. Must be prepared to handle physical, verbal, and potentially dangerous confrontations. Must be able to work rotating shifts to ensure patrol coverage 24 hours day/7 days a week, including holidays. Some overtime will be necessary due to surveillance, paperwork, processing evidence/property, court appearances, and case preparations or follow-up. After the initial basic police academy of 16 weeks, travel can be from overnight to 2 weeks or more for training.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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