Law Enforcement Correctional Sergeant

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #226
Friday, July 16, 2021
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:     July 29, 2021 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:  Law Enforcement                                                          

Reports To:   Lieutenant                                         

Salary:           Based on LE salary matrix + Benefits*

Hours:            40 Hours/Week - Full Time         

Position is grant funded.

*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary:

The Correctional Sergeant supervises and assists Correctional Officers as they perform custody work to ensure the safety and security of an adult correctional facility, living units, inmates, staff, and the public. She/he maintains order and discipline among inmates of the Puyallup Tribal Restorative Correctional Facility, minimum-security facility, in accordance with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Restorative Correctional Facility policies, procedures, and all applicable laws.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the activities of Officers on an assigned shift; establish work schedules to ensure staffing is adequate to meet security and operational requirements; monitor use of overtime, leave and other benefits.
  2. Assure compliance of jail activities with existing policies, procedures, directives and federal laws and standards.  
  3. Communicate pertinent information to the Correctional Specialist, subordinates and other shift supervisors.
  4. Provide or coordinate staff training; work with staff to correct deficiencies and implement discipline procedures.
  5. Review and respond to inmate requests.
  6. Perform custody work including controlling, directing, and monitoring the activities and movement of adult offenders.
  7. Record and evaluate Correctional Officer performance. Recommends appointments, disciplinary action, and termination; inspects shift personnel for proper uniform and equipment.
  8. Takes emergency action when necessary by intervening to control acts of negative behavior and violence by inmates. Follows prescribed procedures and guidelines, using verbal de-escalation, and physical and lethal uses of force.
  9. Completes written reports, ensures that all logs, forms and key inventories are maintained as required.
  10. Coordinate inmate housing/medical issues with IHS/nursing staff.
  11. Conducts security checks and maintains security in all areas of the jail.
  12. Documents all activity and prepares reports as necessary.
  13. Supervises feeding and mealtime, visitation time, recreation, counseling and work assigned to inmates.
  14. Maintains public relations with family and friends of inmates by providing information and guidance.
  15. Performs daily routine and job duties according to the standard operating procedure and other procedures or policy changes as approved by the Correctional Specialist.
  16. Monitors problems and situations (i.e. abnormal booking or releasing procedures and emergencies) and makes recommendations for corrective action to the Correctional Specialist.
  17. Participates in training programs for the division.
  18. Contributes a favorable public image of the Tribe by establishing and maintaining relationships and participates in the community.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises Correctional Officers.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians personnel policies and procedures, and all applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, coaching and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing and counseling employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Acts as Correctional Specialist during his/her absence.


Qualifications and Requirements

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.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or GED; and two years related experience and/or training working in a Corrections Officer position or satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must be a graduate of the Indian Police Academy Basic Corrections Officer Training and Certification Program or must be a graduate of a Bureau of Indian Affairs approved basic Corrections Academy. 

Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).


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 effectively before the public or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Licenses or Certificates

Must be a graduate of the Indian Police Academy Basic Corrections Officer Training and Certification Program or must be a graduate of a Bureau of Indian Affairs approved basic Corrections Academy. 

Must have and maintain an unrestricted valid state driver’s license and be insurable.  Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee from driving a GSA vehicle.

Must be able to successfully complete a physical agility and written test; oral interview, psychological evaluation, polygraph and medical/drug screening as part of the hiring process.  Lateral candidates can be exempted from the written/physical agility test if Bureau of Indian Affairs Academy certified and have worked as an officer within the last two years.  Lateral candidates must submit proof of Academy certification.

Must be able to successfully complete periodic physical and psychological evaluations during entire length of employment.

Must be able to acceptably complete a criminal background check prior to and periodically throughout employment. Must have no felonies or domestic violence convictions.

Required to attend necessary trainings.

Must successfully pass the Correctional Facility First-Line Supervisor Test prior to employment.

Other Requirements

  • Ability to communicate and deal empathetically with people from varied and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with inmates, win their respect and confidence, and establish and maintain continuing constructive relations with them.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
  • Must establish positive, respectful and professional relationships with co-workers, supervisors, management, and others.
  • Employee is responsible for keeping self drug free and is subject to random drug screens.
Physical Demands

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.

  • Employee must be able to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, holiday, and/or overtime due to the 24/7 operation of the facility.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk and hear and use hands to finger, handle or feel.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; push and/or pull; kneel, stoop, crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms. There may be arduous physical exertion involved when transporting, lifting, restraining inmates in emergencies, and in participating in the escape and walk-away hunts. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 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.
  • Uses minimal physical restraint to preserve the security of the jail and safety of staff and prisoners as required.
  • Must be physically capable of performing efficiently the duties of the position and be free from such defects or disease as may constitute employment hazards to themselves or others.
Work Environment

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.

  • The noise level is moderate.
  • The physical exertion is moderate.
  • Position may be stressful at times due to the sensitive or confidential issues being addressed.
  • May be subject unusual mental and nervous pressure.  Daily stress, exposure to disease, and exposure to potentially dangerous situations such as direct physical attack are an inherent part of this position

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. 

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


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If you have any questions about the position or online application, please call (253) 573-7863

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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

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  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA