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Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Police: Detective Closing Date: April 4, 2023


Under the general direction of the Lieutenant, the Detective(s) will be responsible for the criminal investigations of all felonies and other such misdemeanors that require extended investigation. Detectives will work closely with their department and as appropriate, with other local law enforcement or Community Scene Investigation unit's (CSI), to gathers the forensic evidence that is required to work their cases.


Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi reserves the right to make changes, amend, add, delete and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities, and positions titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the government.

  1. May direct activities at the crime scene to assist victims; obtain clues, gather and preserve evidence.
  2. Interacts with police officers, who are usually first on the scene of a crime, forensics unit, (as available and appropriate), which will gather the physical evidence at the crime scene, then the forensic laboratory, which will analyze the evidence.
  3. Investigates all crimes assigned; questions witnesses and victims; obtains clues, gathers and preserves evidence.
  4. Ensures that photographs and fingerprints of all persons arrested who are charged with violations are included in records.
  5. Collaborates fully with other police departments and agencies in other jurisdictions either by in-person meetings or written correspondence. 
  6. Interviews suspects, witnesses, and victims as they try to piece together the story of how the crime that they are investigating occurred.
  7. Aids police officers in the apprehension of suspects or offenders, and generally acts as liaison officer between the department and all similar bureaus or units within other police departments’ possession.
  8. Ensures that all evidence is properly tracked and disposed of as released by the court.
  9. Thoroughly documents all aspects of any case file.  Records progress of investigations and maintains files on crimes and suspects.
  10. Reviews departmental reports and other data pertaining to criminal cases such as auto theft, armed robbery, homicide, fraud, burglary, assault, arson, possession of controlled substances, and other related crimes.
  11. Updates immediate supervisor regularly about the progress of the investigations and requests additional instructions when further progress appears impossible.
  12. Safeguards all property recovered; tags and stamps all lost, stolen, or found property including controlled substances that come into the department’s possession.  
  13. Assists in the preparation of cases for Court. Obtains court disposition of all cases in which they are involved. May be called to testify in court using the evidence and information that has been thoroughly and meticulously collected and analyzed by the detective, the forensics unit, and its crime lab.
  14. Performs victim advocate duties to get justice for them while keeping them appraised of the progress of their case.
  15. May handle illegal drug related cases involving drug trafficking, sales, and possession. May team up with members of state and federal agencies (such as The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) etc.) when necessary.
  16. Work with and exchange evidence with Chemists, Fingerprint Specialists, and Intelligence Research Specialists.  Transports evidence to the MSP lab, understands explanations given by these experts.   
  17. Helps Lieutenant in planning, conducting, and training citizens, students, and businesses in crime prevention programs. Assists in training officers, volunteers and members of other Community Police departments, outside agencies in criminal investigations related issues.
  18. Maintains the Sex Offender Registration records for NHBP Police Department.
  19. Performs all other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.


An individual must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications.

  1. Must be Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified and have been employed as a full-time certified police officer for a minimum of two years.
  2. Must have successfully completed BIA Federal Firearms Qualifications and be able to obtain a Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission.
  3. Criminal Justice Associate or Bachelor's Degree (concentration in law enforcement, criminal investigations, or general criminal justice) or successfully complete all requirements of a Criminal Investigative Course or qualified courses given by the criminal justice training commission.
  4. Time spent as a patrol officer is mandatory before becoming eligible to pursue the position of detective.
  5. Must be able to successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation, drug screen and be able to pass both a physical and psychological evaluation.
  6. Must possess a valid State of Michigan driver's license. Driving record must reflect the lawful operation of a motor vehicle. Convictions for alcohol offenses or having a suspended driver's license may disqualify an applicant.  Must have attended EVO (Emergency Vehicle Operation) training and maintain that certification every Three (3) years.
  7. Has kept current on training, including physical, tactical, forensic and general education.
  8. Ability to work flexible hours that will ensure thorough investigations and the completion of paperwork.
  9. Must be able to demonstrate skills in leadership, interpersonal skills, ability to read and write legibly, able to formulate investigative reports, and speak distinctly and clearly.
  10. Must have knowledge of Community geography and crime patterns.
  11. Must possess ability to work independently and execute duties firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
  12. Must be able to understand and execute difficult oral and written directions.
  13. Must react quickly and maintain a calm demeanor in emergencies.
  14. Must be able to develop and sustain positive working relationships with other employees; other law enforcement officers, Tribal Members and the general public.
  15. Must be able to understand and utilize investigator techniques and equipment.
  16. Must be able to operate and care for firearms, photography, and other equipment.
  17. Must have an in-depth knowledge of law enforcement policies, practices and procedures; equipment and strategies to promote effective security operations to protect people, data, property etc.
  18. Skill in analytical, objective observation of situations and quick decision making.
  19. Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
  20. Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
  21. Knowledge of Human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation, behavior and affective disorders.


  1. On-call 24 hours, 7 days a week for emergency situations.
  2. Able and willing to work rotating shifts.
  3. The ability to respond quickly with hands, fingers, or feet, to signal when necessary.
  4. Must pass weapons qualification.
  5. Must be able to physically and psychologically work in an occasionally dangerous environment.
  6. Must be able to travel within and out of state for training.


  1. Maintains confidentiality of all departmental information at all times.
  2. Must be thoroughly familiar with Human Resources Policies, Federal Regulations, NHBP Tribal Police Department Policies and Procedures, Tribal and State Criminal Codes, Tribal Constitution, Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, and all other applicable rules, regulations, ordinances, statutes and domestic violence code.
  3. Must be cognizant of potentially dangerous situations and make sound judgement decisions.


  1. Responsible for: Police car, police radio, radar, handgun and other weapons as needed.  In addition, it includes the use of a baton, taser, handcuffs, breathalyzer, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software and other assorted law enforcement equipment.
  2. Responsible for safely transporting passengers in Tribally owned or leased vehicles.


  1. Five years of Police experience.
  2. MCOLES licensed.
  3. BIA Special Law Enforcement Commission certified.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak and respond to questions effectively before groups of customers and employees. Knowledge of the structure of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar; ability to actively listen, understand and ask questions in stressful situations.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 1O's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations; ability to persuade others to change their mind or behavior; bring others together and try to reconcile difference; understand the implication of information for current and future problem-solving decision making.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of internet software; spreadsheet software and word processing software.
Negotiating Skills

Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes and resolve grievances and conflicts, and negotiate resolutions whenever possible.

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to work in and during periods of inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and explosives. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel and taste and smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and run; reach with hands and arms and climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


This position may contain information that is security sensitive.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional situations; Responds promptly to needs of employees and Tribal Members/Community; Solicits both employee and Tribal Member feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values.


Tribal preference will be applied in accordance with the NHBP Indian Preference in Employment Code which requires that preference in employment be afforded to NHBP members, spouse/parents of NHBP members and Native Americans who meet the minimum qualifications and can successfully perform the essential functions for the position.

Opening Date: 3/22/2023
Closing Date: 4/04/2023

Contact Person: Zach Zlotnicki
Telephone: 269-704-8433
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