Police Officer

South Lake Tahoe, CA
South Lake Tahoe Police

Salary: $86,520.00 – $104,736.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of supervisory or management staff, the Police Officer is a designated peace officer position who performs a variety of duties in the enforcement of law and order; performs a variety of community service duties; and carries out special assignments in the protection of life and property.

Essential Functions:

1. Patrols an assigned area by motor vehicle, on foot, or by other designated means to answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of city, county, and state laws as well as to pro-actively seek out criminal behavior when not engaged in reactive assignments; conducts both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, death and other criminal incidents.
2. Makes arrests as necessary; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogates suspects; gathers and preserves evidence; testifies and presents evidence in court.
3. Investigates crimes against property, persons, and narcotics and vice-related crimes; performs non-criminal investigations or duties including those related to missing persons, suspicious circumstances, and civil standbys.
4. Gathers evidence using a variety of methods and techniques, including taking photographs, lifting fingerprints, tracing movements and talking with informants.
5. Presents information upon completion of investigations to the District Attorney’s office for filing charges; appears in court, as directed.
6. Serves warrants and subpoenas; files complaints; performs other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
7. May be assigned the duties of a detective; conducts extensive follow-up investigation at the scene of crime and accidents; gathers evidence, locates and questions witnesses and takes statements from witnesses.
8. May be assigned the duties of a school resource officer; patrols school zones and areas of high activity for youth; spends time interacting with staff, teachers, and students on school grounds; and teaches public safety and awareness classes in classrooms.
9. Investigates complaints involving juveniles; investigates reports of child neglect and persons reported to be contributing to the delinquency of minors; periodically checks business establishments and public places known to be frequented by juveniles; discusses problems with children and parents to determine effective courses of action; refers juveniles to appropriate authorities, if after investigation, it appears that home or related conditions are unsatisfactory.
10. Assists motorists, especially during snow conditions.
11. May be assigned to canine patrol duty.
12. Conducts a variety of duties in snow and other inclement weather conditions.
13. Checks buildings for physical security; reports street lamps or traffic signals that are not working; reports or removes traffic hazards and reports and takes corrective action on other conditions detrimental to the general public.
14. Detains drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; warns drivers against unlawful practices; issues citations and makes arrests as necessary.
15. Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
16. Conducts surveillance of known suspected criminal activity.
17. Prepares reports that articulately and accurately document details in writing.
18. Attends meetings with civic groups; participates in and conducts public awareness/education programs at schools.
19. Performs a variety of community oriented policing duties; maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserves good relationships with the general public.
20. Directs and controls pedestrian and vehicular traffic at emergency or other congested traffic situations.
21. Performs first aid, CPR, and associated duties required of a first responder.
22. May assist in training new officers in all aspects of the job including traffic enforcement, safety, report writing and policy procedures.
23. Attends meetings, seminars and training sessions as assigned.
24. Performs related duties as required.


  • California Lateral Police Officers- Candidates who are, or who have been, employed as a full time law enforcement officer for at least one (1) year with a California law enforcement agency and who still possess a valid, active P.O.S.T Basic Certificate.
  • Out-Of-State Lateral Police Officers- Candidates who are currently employed as a full time law enforcement officer having at least one (1) year tenure with an out-of-state law enforcement agency (agency other than a California agency), and having successfully completed an out-of-state P.O.S.T basic academy or a California P.O.S.T basic academy, and, have completed or at the time of application for this recruitment have enrolled in a California P.O.S.T Waiver Course Process.
  • California Pre-Trained – Candidates who have successfully completed and graduated from a P.O.S.T. certified Basic Course and possess a valid CA POST Academy Certificate. Persons currently attending a full time or extended California Basic POST Police Academy scheduled to graduate within 6 months of the date of application may apply. Applicants attending an academy at time of application will only be eligible for hire as a “Lateral/Pre-trained” Police Officer after successful completion of the Police academy and award of Basic Academy training certificate.
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
  • Possession of a valid California or Nevada driver’s license.