Commander - Captain Jeff Ausnow
2501 N. Lake Blvd
P.O. Box 1710
Tahoe City CA 96145
Lobby Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday -FridayOffice Phone (non-911): (530) 581-6301
After Hours(530) 581-6300
Fax Number: (530) 581-6366
The Placer County Sheriff’s Tahoe Station is located about 1 ½ miles east of Tahoe City on Highway 28. It is slotted for 48 positions and commanded by a Sheriff’s captain. Staffing includes 1 field operations lieutenant, 18 patrol deputy positions, 6 patrol sergeants, 4 detectives, 1 detective sergeant, 1 problem-oriented deputy (neighborhood disputes and Placer County code violations), 1 administrative sergeant, 2 jail deputies, 1 evidence technician, 2 community services officers and 5 professional staff.
Some of the services provided by the Tahoe Station include:
- 24/7 patrol coverage.
- Search and Rescue coordination with various highly trained search and rescue teams such as the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.
- One of the few certified high-altitude dive teams in the state. The team is used for rescue and recovery for both swiftwater and underwater operations.
- Boat patrol for the largest portion of Lake Tahoe.
- Bike patrol during special events.
Robert Montgomery Watson came to Tahoe in 1875 as a logger and became the town’s first constable in 1906. After Constable Watson’s death in 1932 he was replaced by Swedish immigrant Harry Johanson, known to the locals as Harry Jo. After taking over as constable, Harry Jo also became Tahoe’s first deputy sheriff, deputy tax collector and deputy coroner, covering his beat in the summer by horseback and by dogsled in the winter. The Tahoe station opened on September 30, 1960 in anticipation of the growth that would be created by the 1960 winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. Harry Johanson retired as Constable in 1967. He remained in the area until his death in 1983 and is buried in the Tahoe City Cemetery.
The Tahoe Station covers the largest portion of Lake Tahoe, from the California/Nevada state line on Highway 28 west to the Nevada County line in Truckee and south on Highway 89 to the El Dorado County line in Tahoma. The station also covers Highway 267 from Kings Beach to the Nevada County line in Truckee as well as a small portion of Donner Lake. The communities covered by the station include Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat, Dollar Point, Tahoe City, Sunnyside, Pineland, Homewood, Kingswood, Northstar, Martis Valley, Alpine Meadows, Olympic Valley, Lahontan, Timilick, Sierra Meadows, Ponderosa Ranchos and Murphy Meadows.