Two new officers were sworn in Monday, Nov. 26, at South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Officers Jason Cheney and Kevin Whalen were sworn in during a ceremony conducted by Chief Brian Uhler. Both are veteran officers of California law enforcement who have passed through a highly competitive process to be selected for employment at SLTPD, a release from the city stated.
Cheney has been a peace officer in California for more than 11 years and comes to South Lake Tahoe from the Sutter County Sheriff's Department. He is 33 years old and has been married to his wife, Julie, for six years. They have two daughters, Syren and Raylen. Cheney enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors and physical fitness.
Whalen comes from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, where he was a patrol sergeant. He is the recipient of the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Medal of Valor. Kevin, his wife and his two sons, ages 9 and 10, are new residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin. He and his family are already enjoying skiing, music, youth sports and being in the Sierra.