The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has a jurisdictional area of approximately 13 square miles on the California / Nevada state line. About five of these miles include the waters of Lake Tahoe.
There currently are 41 sworn positions. There are 30 civilian support positions including; Dispatchers, Evidence Technicians, Records Technicians, Community Service Officers, and administrative staff. In addition to this, there is a Reserve Officer program. The department operates under the philosophy of community-oriented policing and problem solving.