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 37 sworn positions. There are 10 civilian support personnel. In addition to this, there is a Reserve Officer program and a highly decorated Explorer Scout post affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The department operates under the philosophy of community-oriented policing and problem solving.