Special Projects Division
The Schertz Police Department Special Projects Division is responsible for providing supplemental services to the community and specialized support for the Department. These services include Community Policing, Honor Guard, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), law enforcement training, recruitment, and Professional Standards.
Community Resource Office
The Community Resource Office within the Schertz Police Department is responsible for providing crime prevention and safety resources to the community through programs, presentations, and information. The Office also serves as a communication source to the community in addressing crime and safety concerns along with the development of new and innovative initiatives aimed at crime prevention, resident safety, and community policing.
Initiatives formed under this office include the Schertz Citizen’s Police Academy, Crime Prevention Program, Crime Victim’s Assistance Program, and Sex Offender Registration Program. The Community Resource Office is available during normal work days, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am and 5pm. However, accommodations can be made to assist special Community organizations such as local Neighborhood Watch Programs or Home Owners Association meetings.
View more information regarding the Schertz Police Department Community Policing Programs.
School Resource Office
o The School Resource Office (SRO) assigns Schertz Police Department officers to assist the Schertz Cibolo Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD). SROs provide law enforcement and security services to several primary education campuses throughout the City of Schertz. These campuses include:
- Samuel Clemens High School
- Allison L. Steele Enhanced Learning Center
- Ray D. Corbett Junior High School
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School
- Green Valley Elementary School
- Norma J. Paschal Elementary School
- Schertz Elementary School
- John A. Sippel Elementary School
The Schertz Honor Guard exemplifies the Department’s commitment to Community, State, and Country by performing presentations of Colors during ceremonies and other City sponsored events. The unit also participates in parades and other events upon requests from other cities. The SZPD Honor Guard prides itself on its appearance, professional bearing, and dedication to the Community.
The Training Unit is responsible for providing professional and comprehensive in-service training opportunities to members of the Schertz Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Department training instructors have several years of law enforcement experience and are TCLEOSE certified to provide qualified training to Texas Peace Officers. Some of the training topics provided are Asset Forfeiture, Racial Profiling, Cultural Diversity, Special Investigative Topics, various tactical weapons courses, and all of the Intermediate TCLEOSE Peace Officer certification courses.
Several members of the Department’s training cadre also volunteer their time to provide instruction to Basic Peace Officer Academy Cadets at various training Academies within the San Antonio / Bexar County region. Those courses include Use of Force, Crisis Intervention Training, basic firearms courses, and more. The training commitment is continued when cadets or new officers are hired by administering, mentoring, and supervising recruits through a mandatory multi-phased 3 month field training program.
The Schertz Police Recruiting Unit actively seeks exceptional individuals to join the ranks of the Schertz Police Department by visiting regional training academies and offering Ride-Along opportunities. View more information on how to become a Texas Peace Officer or employment within the Schertz Police Department.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Schertz Police Department SWAT members receive specialized in-depth training in responding to critical incidents requiring specific tactical responses. SZPD SWAT members work closely with other SWAT members from the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, Seguin Police Department, and Cibolo Police Department as a single combined 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.
Professional Standards Unit
Maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism are key elements in maintaining the public trust. The Professional Standards Unit has been established specifically this purpose. This is accomplished by conducting impartial investigations and reviews of all allegations of misconduct or wrong doing by members of the Schertz Police Department.