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Police Department

Chief’s Welcome

As the Chief of Police, I welcome you to the Tulalip Tribes Police Department website. This website will soon have a fresh new look that will provide easier access to information about our services.

The Tulalip Tribes Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency. The Department is staffed by dedicated men and women who are committed to providing exceptional law enforcement service. The Tulalip Tribes Police Department is committed to working in partnership with the community to solve problems and reduce crime. Our officers and staff take great pride in serving the Tulalip Tribes and community members and we place our highest priority on providing fair, objective, equitable police services while honoring and respecting the culture, traditions and values of the Tulalip people.

Services of the Tulalip Tribes Police Department include Patrol, Investigations, Fish and Wildlife, Communications-Records, Drug Task Force, Emergency Response Team, School Resource Officer, Community Outreach, Sex Offender Monitoring, Evidence, Training and Administration.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if I or any member of our staff can be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Chris Sutter
Chief of Police
Tulalip Tribes Police Department

Chief Chris E. Sutter

Chief of Police
Tulalip Tribes Police Department

Tulalip Tribes Chief of Police Chris Sutter

Chief Chris Sutter was administered the oath of office as the Tulalip Tribes Chief of Police by the Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Marie Zackuse on September 24, 2018. Chief Sutter’s career in law enforcement began in 1986. He came to Tulalip Tribes after serving as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Vancouver, Washington where he served for over 26 years. Chief Sutter brings extensive experience in leading complex law enforcement operations and programs including patrol, investigations, special operations, administration, professional standards, finance and logistics, and leading multiple regional task forces.

Chief Sutter has a strong personal commitment to integrating community policing and community outreach to proactively reduce crime and solve problems. The Tulalip Tribes Police Department places an emphasis on building trust and providing open lines of communication with the community while providing exceptional service to meet the needs and priorities of the Tulalip Tribes and its members. Chief Sutter is committed to upholding and protecting the Tulalip Tribes sovereignty and treaty rights.

Chief Sutter holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University - Bakersfield. He is also a graduate of the Public Safety Leadership Development Program Command College from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, a graduate from the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College, a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, a graduate from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and a graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Police Executive Research Forum.

Chief Sutter and his wife, Sue Tso Sutter (Dine-Navajo), are the parents of four children. The Sutter family enjoys spending time together, gardening, outdoor activities, fishing, visiting family and friends on the Navajo Reservation, and attending tribal gatherings and events.


Citizen Feedback

The Tulalip Tribes Police Department accepts all citizen feedback, complaints, commendations, and questions about its service or personnel. Your constructive comments provide an open channel of communications between the Police Department and our community, which enables us to maintain the highest possible services and standards. Submitting a commendation for staff members who provide excellent service reinforces our culture of service. Receiving your complaints and or concerns also helps to protect the Tulalip community from possible misconduct, provides a basis for a thorough and impartial investigative procedure to ensure accountability and trust, and serves to protect those departmental employees who perform their duties properly.

The Tulalip Tribes Police Department encourages any person(s) who believes that they have experienced or observed police misconduct to file a complaint with the Department. The Department recognizes that completing and submitting a complaint may be intimidating and stressful. We assure complainants and witnesses that they will be able to do so without fear of retaliation or adverse consequences.

If your complaint or comment involves an officer or department employee, you will be asked his/her name and incident details as appropriate. If you do not have this information, just explain what occurred and when it occurred (date, time, and location of the incident).

Complaints, or any citizen feedback, may be received by any method, including but not limited to:

  • Making your complaint or comment in person at the Tulalip Tribes Police Department
  • Emailing a complaint or comment to Chief Chris Sutter at tpdadmin@tulaliptribalpolice.org
  • Calling the Department at (360) 716-4608
  • Mailing a letter (or enclosed form) describing your complaint or comment to:
    Chris Sutter, Chief of Police
    6332 31st Ave NE, Suite A
    Tulalip, WA 98271
  • Submitting your complaint or feedback via email to the Tulalip Citizen Police Advisory Review Board at policeadvisoryboard@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
  • By submitting the online form listed at the bottom of the page

Any complaint can be made anonymously, without giving your name. If you make an anonymous complaint, however, you will not be informed as to the result of your complaint. If you make your identity known, you will be advised of the disposition of your complaint.


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Submit A Tip About Crime In Your Community

Have information about a crime? Submit an anonymous tip to local law enforcement. Would you say something about a crime if no one knew the information came from you? Pass it on to Tulalip Police. Our tip line is anonymous and helps create a safer community. You can share information with us about any crime or criminal activity that has happened, even if it was some time ago, or that is being planned. Anything you know could be helpful!

Phone tip line: 360-716-5990

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Sex Offenders Registration Notification Act

In order to utilize the sex offender registry, click here.


Information

Address:
6332 31st Ave NE, Suite A
Tulalip, WA 98271

Emergency number:
360-716-9911

Dispatch non-emergency:
360-716-4608

Fax number:
360-716-5999