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

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Chapter 2.00.00 Department Mission and Purpose


The Tulalip Tribal Police Services constitutes an organization whose very existence is justified solely on the basis of service to the Tribal members and Tulalip Tribal Community. Although tribal police services regulations provide a working pattern, our official activity must not be confined within their limits. Actually, that portion of police service dealing with real criminals is only a small part of our overall responsibility. The greater percentage of our time and energy is expended on non-criminal service functions and in dealing with law abiding tribal members and citizens of the reservation community.

We should consider it our duty and privileges to not only protect our tribal members and reservation citizens from crime, but also to protect and defend the rights guaranteed under the Tulalip Tribes Constitution. It may be said that matters of civil law are not a basic police responsibility and, within reasonable limits, we should attempt to avoid becoming entangled in them.

However, many situations can best be served only when we assist in such matters. Our broad philosophy must embrace whole- hearted determination to protect and support individual rights, while at all times providing for the security of persons and property in the Tulalip Tribal community. In meeting this objective, it is our duty to operate as a tribal public service organization.


It is the mission of the tribal police services is to support, through our words, deeds and actions the visions of the Tulalip Tribes, the tribal constitution, the tribal council, the tribal members, the tribal elders, the tribal youth, and honor the customs and heritage of the tribe and to support the treaties and sovereignty of the tribe.


To established public relations program, as needed, for the education prevention and reduction of crime or criminal activity. To establish recognized recreational programs as funded for youth, adults and elders. To include tribal members in the implementation of necessary law enforcement programs, mission statements, management plans and law enforcement planning necessary to modern tribal law enforcement activities and actions.


Serve and Protect All Persons By:

  • Enforcing all the laws of the Tulalip Tribal Codes, Ordinances 49 and 90, Quil Ceda Village, laws and ordinances, the Constitution, and Federal Codes and Laws contained in 25 USC, and within the our contract responsibilities under PL 93-638, in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights and tribal rights of members and of all persons residing on the reservation.
  • Protecting the rights of tribal members and of all persons within our jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions, and to live in peace.
  • And finally to the people of the Tulalip Indians Community, performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner and remembering it is to the tribal members that the Tulalip Tribal Police Services is ultimately responsible.


AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, for the Tulalip Tribes, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property the innocent against deception, the against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitution rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of Tulalip Tribal Police Services. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feeling, prejudice, animosities or friendship to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZED the badge of my office as symbol of tribal and public faith, and I accept it as tribal and public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of tribal police service. I will constantly strive to achieve to these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...Tribal Law Enforcement.


It shall be the duty of the Police Chief to detail police officers to carry out all legal orders of the Tulalip Tribal Court, the court of Indian Offenses as authorized by federal law, and to preserve order during the court sessions


It should be the duty of the tribal police services to carry out all federal court orders within the provision of 25 United States Code 450, Public Law 93-638 or federal codes within the jurisdiction of 25 USC 2800-2806 and the Major Crimes Act 18 USC 1153, the Indian Crimes Act 18 USC 1152 and/or 25 C.F.R. Ch. 1, 11.301 and RCW 37.