The El Dorado County Sheriff s Office, located in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is a law enforcement agency that preserves human lives and property, protects public peace and the rights of citizens, and prevents crime and disorder. It offers several support services, including gun registration, animal control, fingerprinting, concealed weapon permits, and traffic and parking law enforcement. The El Dorado County Sheriff s Office supports the Explorer Program, which provides law enforcement training to students between the ages of 14 and 21. The office maintains a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that specializes in bomb disposal and hostage and barricaded gunman situations. The El Dorado County Sheriff s Office also has a K-9 unit that handles cases related to drug intervention, tracking, and searches for persons, buildings and evidence.