Tribal Investigator

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi - New Buffalo, MI3.0

Full-timeEstimated: $55,000 - $73,000 a year
Commitment to Citizen Service
Service encompasses all aspects of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian’s governmental and casino operations. Every employee shares the responsibility to provide exemplary service, dignity, and respect to all Tribal Citizens, the Tribal Council, and staff members. To this end, all employees have an obligation to identify and report any service problems, issues, or concerns and through designated channels, initiate, recommend, and actively participate in solutions.

Position Summary:
Perform a full-range of in-depth administrative and investigative duties in casino operations that require a comprehensive knowledge of law enforcement skills involving a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness. Serve as a Criminal Investigator on Pokagon tribal properties.

Essential Functions:
  • Submit investigation reports to Sergeants, Detective Lieutenant, Chief of Police, Human Resources and the Government Manager and recommend if prosecution should be pursued.
  • Coordinate with Detective Lieutenant and/or Chief of Police in planning, conducting, and reporting on a full range of internal criminal/casino investigations, including those of an extremely sensitive and complex nature.
  • Organize, plan and conduct the investigation of major and/or sensitive criminal activity occurring on or impacting the Tribe’s lands or government, which can be complex and intricate in nature.
  • Apprehend, arrest, detain or cite all subjects suspected of violations of Federal, State, Tribal and local laws.
  • Testify at hearings and trials for Federal, State, Tribal Court, and Pokagon Gaming Commission hearings.
  • Secure search warrants and arrest warrants for execution through Federal, State and Tribal Court.
  • Gather information at the crime scene and document interrelationships of facts, relevance of evidence, and validity of allegations involving criminal activity for prosecution in Federal, State and Tribal Court.
  • Prepare and/or review reports of investigations to ensure they are prepared in a clear, concise, logical and impartial manner for submission to Federal, State and Tribal Court.
  • Interact with guests and employees in a positive, professional manner.
  • Help facilitate the flow of information throughout the property by attending regularly scheduled meetings as may be requested.
  • Coordinate with the Security and Surveillance departments on criminal and non-criminal matters.
  • Make suggestions and recommendations, as appropriate, for improvements to policies, procedures, or the facility.
  • Work in conjunction with and maintain positive relationships with the Pokagon Gaming Commission, Four Winds Director of Surveillance and the Four Winds Director of Security to obtain evidence, establish probable cause or link multiple suspects and events to criminal activities or enterprises for presentation of cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office or Tribal Attorney’s Office for Prosecution.
  • Work with and transmit orders from the Chief of Police to commanding Officers with the department.
  • Transport suspects to the crime lab for polygraph tests, as needed
  • Perform foot, electronic, and vehicular surveillance, as needed.
  • Assist the Local Drug Team with information and investigations, raids, residential searches and arrests.
  • Attend County Wide Detective meetings
  • Attend Four Winds Casino Security and Surveillance meetings.
  • Perform adjudications and pre-employment backgrounds as needed.
Non-Essential Functions:
  • Perform other related functions as assigned.
  • Standard office equipment.
  • Motor vehicle under regular and emergency conditions.
  • Two-way radios, hand tools including handgun, shotgun, handcuffs, baton, cap stun, flashlight.
  • Protective gear required as necessary.
  • Systems used: MS Office applications, Internet, E-Justice Reporting System
Position Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • Associate’s Degree, equivalent sponsorship or four (4) years of experience as a licensed police officer is preferred. Degree must be from an accredited institution whose program of study has been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education.
  • Completion of Police Academy training is preferred.
  • Must meet requirements of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) or Indiana Police Academy (IPA).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in law enforcement role required.
  • Preference given to experience in casino related criminal investigations.
  • Completion of a BIA Special Investigator school or comparable Investigator schools as directed.
  • Ability to take command of an emergency situation and render immediate decisions required.
  • Experience working with Native American communities preferred.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications required.
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills; ability to speak effectively before groups and respond to questions required.
  • Extensive knowledge of approved principles and practices of criminal investigation and the laws and ordinances governing police work.
  • Thorough knowledge of criminal behavior, rules of evidence, criminal justice system, and juvenile laws.
  • Ability to properly use photographic, fingerprinting, substance testing and similar investigative equipment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is also regularly required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, and to sit, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • The employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions.
Indian Preference:
  • Pokagon Band Preference Code applies.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to hold handgun and discharge accurately.
  • Frequently subject to varying levels of stress in accordance with type of assignment.
Work Environment:
  • General office environment and outside environment.
  • Variety of hazardous environments including noise, fumes, dust, traffic, etc. Extensive motor vehicle operation. Exposed to moving traffic enforcement/control situations. Subject to assault, combative persons in arrest situations, disturbance or other emergency calls. May have deadly/dangerous weapons used against officer. May be required to break up fights between two or more persons.
  • Local travel is necessary, so the ability to travel as needed is required.
  • Decision Making
  • Initiative
  • Networking
  • Partnering
  • Fostering Learning and Development
  • Quality Focus
  • Exemplifying Integrity