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Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Police Department: Police Officer Closing Date: March 4, 2024

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Government is seeking talented individuals who desire to become part of a vibrant community and utilize their talents in pursuit of meaningful work. NHBP is a self-sustaining Sovereign Nation dedicated to achieving the shared vision of our community. Our mission is to preserve our culture and history, build a healthy community, provide essential services, and secure our financial future through strategic decision-making. We are always seeking outstanding individuals who wish help us fulfill this mission and join us on our journey to protect and promote the cultural, emotional, physical, and financial well-being of our Tribal community for the next Seven Generations.

Excellent Benefit Package for Eligible Team Members:

  • Employees contribute minimal cost sharing towards medical, dental, and vision
  • Employer Paid premiums on short term disability, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Flexible Spending Account for Medical Reimbursement
  • 100% Employer paid Short Term and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement
  • 401K Plan with eligible match
  • MERS Plan for Law Enforcement
  • A generous paid time off program where all employees begin earning accrued paid time off immediately upon hire
  • Generous Tuition Reimbursement Program with Educational Release Time
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays
  • Employee wellness and fitness programs
  • Opportunities to participate in NHBP Sponsored activities


The purpose of this position is the overall patrolling and investigative duties for lands in federal trust, citizens living on Tribal land and Tribal property and any additional jurisdiction pursuant to Tribal statute. The NHBP Police officer reports to the Director of Law Enforcement through the chain of command.


The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi reserves the right to change, 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.

  • Act as a Tribal Police Liaison to the community to enhance good public relations.
  • Uses knowledge, understanding and ability to work with and promote Native American culture, language, traditions and communities.
  • Patrol assigned area to include buildings and grounds, checking locked doors and windows, and investigating suspicious activity or people; control traffic, provide crime prevention, investigate incidents of criminal violations and hunting and fishing violations.
  • Receive briefing upon arrival for duty; secure information, ask questions and participate in required departmental training and discussion of information.
  • Patrol areas on foot or by motor vehicle; issue warnings and citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicles are observed; make arrests for violations of the laws.
  • Respond to calls for service, emergency alarms and other dispatched calls; makes decisions based on analysis of situation and facts.
  • Investigate all types of crimes and accidents; perform follow up duties on crimes/accident as directed by supervisor; interview suspects and witnesses; collect evidence and facts.
  • Dispense unruly crowds at public gatherings within Departmental guidelines.
  • Render first aid at the scene of accidents, medical assistance calls, domestic violence calls and report findings.
  • Identify, pursue and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Direct and control traffic around fires, accidents and other disruptions as needed.
  • Write and file with supervisor: crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued.
  • Assist area police departments in carrying out their functions.
  • Assist motorists and citizens living on tribal land by delivering emergency messages, helping motorists with flat tires, stalled vehicles and potential crime incidents.
  • May assist in training new officers in the field according to established schedules and guidelines; submit evaluations of trainee performance to supervisor.
  • Appear and testify before the courts to subpoena as witness and/or reporting officer of a crime in regards to cases being adjudicated.
  • Familiarize themselves with the assigned areas and be aware of individuals that may be living in those areas.
  • Assume responsibility for proper maintenance of personal equipment issued to them and vehicles assigned for patrol.
  • Adhere to safety practices as it relates to weapons and vehicles assigned to the officer.
  • Participate in Tribal Member activities and attend Tribal member events that support Tribal sovereignty, culture and customs.
  • Demonstrate capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with Tribal Members and co-workers. Willingness to support Indian Preference initiatives.
  • Familiarize and comply with all the rules, regulations and codes to ensure efficient operations.
  • Maintain and apply knowledge in the area of drugs/narcotics, i.e., abuse identification and the availability on the streets as it relates to routine patrol duties and detention procedures.
  • Perform other duties as directed/required.

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 applicant's education, training and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the ability to successfully perform each of the essential functions. The requirements listed below are generally representative of the education, experience, and skills and/or ability required to enable one to successfully perform the essential functions associated with his position:

  • Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to understand, gain knowledge and appreciate the differences with Native American culture and customs.
  • Must maintain a valid driver's license with good driving record; and complete Emergency Vehicle Operation training in the academy and once every 3 years.
  • Ability to become CPR/First Aid certified.
  • Must successfully complete an NHBP background investigation that includes verification of qualifying credentials and drug screen.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement policies, practices and procedures; equipment, strategies to promote effective security operation to protect people, data, property etc.
  • Skill in analytical, objective observation of situations and quick decision making.
  • Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
  • Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation, behavior and affective disorders.
  • Possess a keen sense of awareness and the ability to determine when something is wrong.
  • Must have successfully completed basic recruit training and firearms qualifications.  And be able to pass the Federal Firearms Qualification Course of fire.
  • Must meet requirements of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES); or must be able to attend a MCOLES Academy within six months of being hired and be able to complete the academy and become certified within one year from date of hire.
  • Must be able to obtain a Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission.
  • Applicant must sign a Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • Convictions for alcohol offenses or having a suspended driver's license may disqualify an applicant.
  • Candidates selected for hire will be subject to a physical evaluation and psychological evaluation and employment will be contingent on the results of said test and evaluations.


  • Five years of Police experience.
  • MCOLES licensed.
  • 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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to maintain and apply knowledge in the area of drugs/narcotics, i.e., abuse identification and the availability on the streets as it relates to routine patrol duties and detention procedures.
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality on data when required by law and departmental standards.
  • Must be able to work in a properly collegial relationship with co-workers.
  • Must be able to interact with other departments within the Tribe in the spirit of compromise.
  • Must be able to take on additional responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
  • Must be able to maintain an atmosphere of trust, fairness and respect and be mutually supportive with co-workers.

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 10'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.

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

Computer Skills - To perform this job successfully an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Products such as Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software; Internet software proficiency.


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.
  • On-call 24 hours 7 days a week for emergency situations.
  • Able and willing to work rotating shifts.
  • Must pass physical requirements and weapons qualification.
  • Must be able to work in an occasionally dangerous environment.
  • Must be able to travel within and out of state for training.
  • Must be aware of physical stress related to dangerous situations.

Additionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and use hands to finger, handle or feel, taste and smell and completed with urgency when necessary. The employee is occasionally required to run. 

The employee must be able to 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; frequently 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.


  • Must be thoroughly familiar with Human Resources Policies, NHBP Tribal Police Department Policies and Procedures, Tribal and State Criminal Codes, Tribal Constitution, Federal Regulations, Michigan Motor Vehicle Code and all other applicable rules, regulations, ordinances, statutes and domestic violence code.
  • Must be mentally aware of potentially dangerous situations.
  • Ability to cope with sexual crimes including rape, child pornography, sexually abused children, sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts, etc.
  • Ability to cope with high stress incidents, including domestic violence, aggravated assaults, aggravated batteries, homicides, kidnapped children, shootings, fatal accidents, other deaths, bomb threats, barricaded subjects, car chases, building searches, suicidal subjects, officer suicides, etc.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The individual is regularly exposed to the use of firearms and other weapons. 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 but can exposed to higher than normal decibels.


Health hazards include coping with blood borne pathogens, urine and saliva.

Safety hazards of high-speed chases, responding to accidents on roadways, use of deadly weapons and force, attacks from suspects, contact with hazardous materials.


This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions, including HIPAA.


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.

Fair Employment Practices Code (FEPC)

All applicants are subject to a comprehensive background check and must pass a drug screen. 

NHBP does not recognize the use of recreational or medical marijuana.