The Uniformed Services consist of the Patrol Division, Traffic Enforcement Division, and Honor Guard. We have a total of 63 Officers.
The Patrol Division is the largest division within our police department that is supervised by the patrol Lieutenant Manny Casas. Lt. Casas has 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals, 19 police officers, 3 traffic enforcement, and 1 K-9 Officer. The patrol officers are the most visible police entity within our community, answering the initial call for service when the citizen needs assistance. The types of calls an officer will answer vary in nature and may consist of; crimes in progress, traffic violations including vehicle collisions, public assistance, suspicious persons, and anything else out of the ordinary. Patrol is intended to prevent crime and reduce the fear of the community through their presence.
Patrol Officers are divided into four 12-hour shifts. The city is divided into five districts and an Officer is assigned a district. The Patrol Division provides essential, basic police services to:
- Over 32 square miles that span three counties (Guadalupe, Comal, and Bexar)
- A population of 40,092 citizens (2017 U.S. Census estimate)
- Tens of thousands of motorists along the IH-35 corridor
- Commercial and Industrial areas
Schertz Police Department SWAT members receive specialized in-depth training in responding to critical incidents requiring specific tactical responses. Schertz Police Department SWAT members work closely a single team to safely handle high-risk situations such as barricaded or suicidal subjects, hostage situations, and high-risk search or arrest warrant service.
The Schertz Police Department also has officers specifically trained in hostage negotiations. Hostage negotiators may be deployed alongside SWAT team members to aid in the safe conclusion of critical incidents.
The Schertz Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement was designed with the community in mind. Over the years, the city has received a growing volume of traffic-related complaints from the citizens that cannot be handled by the patrol division without taking officers away from their patrol duties. This created a feeling among the department that we were not fully serving the citizens at our full potential and needed to do more.
Our Traffic Enforcement responsibilities include traffic enforcement, traffic planning, and other programs that may alleviate some of the calls on our patrol division to better serve the citizens and the community.
Contact dispatch at 210-619-1200 and let us know how we can make a positive difference in your area.
The Honor Guard is used for special events, special assignments, and ceremonies. Our Honor Guard projects a positive image, as well as our dedication to our community.
The Honor Guard, staffing permitted, attends funerals within a 200-mile radius of the City for fallen officers and other civil servants. We will also attend special events as a Color Guard and post the Colors for the event.
Officers assigned to this function are specially trained in ceremonial drills and train regularly.