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All members of the Alumni must attend and complete the Schertz Police Departments Citizens Police Academy. Upon completion of the Citizens Police Academy you will be eligible to join the SCPAAA.
The Schertz Police Department, Citizens Police Academy is a 12-week course, available to interested residents and/or business members in the Schertz community. The program is designed to give awareness and information about the role of law enforcement, and to increase the rapport between citizens and Police Officers. The Citizens Police Academy does not give the students any Police Officer certifications or qualifications. The Citizens Police Academy is for educational purposes only.
The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. Some of the topics in the academy include: department command structure, operations, simulated firearms training, use of force, laws, city ordinances, traffic stops, criminal investigations, and communications. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in role-playing scenarios during class.
Persons interested in the Schertz Citizens Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age, and complete the application process. A background check is done on all applicants, at no charge. There is no fee for the class, and it will be limited to 30 students.
The classes will be held every Thursday starting August 13, 2015 and continue through October 29, 2015. Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The deadline for applications will be Friday August 7, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Return all completed applications (PDF) to:Schertz Police DepartmentSpecial Projects Division1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone 210-619-1264Fax 210-619-1220
No, there is no cost involved to attend the Citizens Police Academy. Membership in the Schertz Citizens Police Academy is not mandatory. If a person attends the Citizens Police Academy they do not have to participate in the SCPAAA.
We assist the Schertz Police Department with various events and projects such as Blue Santa, July 4th Jubilee, Festival of Angels, Schertz Fest, Wilenchiks Walk for Life, Doggie Dash, Trunk or Treat, National Night Out, and the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers just to name a few.
At year’s end we sponsor a dinner for the entire Schertz Police Department including non-sworn personnel and at that occasion we announce and recognize the Police officers that have excelled in the line of duty.
View some photographs from the 2014 Christmas Dinner.
Code enforcement officers patrol neighborhoods and commercial properties looking for code violations. They also respond to reports of code violations made by residents. Code enforcement tracks each violation to its completion.
Code enforcement officers noticed a code violation on your property. The officer stopped by to contact someone on the property, but no one was there, so a door hanger was left specifying the violations witnessed. Please correct the violation or contact the code enforcement officer. Typically, this is your second notice before a citation is issued.
A violation letter informs property owners of a code violation and the time allotted to correct the violation. If the violation is corrected, the officer will re-check and no other action is necessary. If the violation is not corrected, the officer may attempt to contact the owner by leaving a door hanger or schedule abatement and/or leave a citation at the property.
Please remember that a notice does not mean your home looks bad. Homes can receive notices for violations such as overhanging trees or trash cans not put away. These situations can pose safety hazards and therefore are enforceable, regardless of the condition of the home and yard.
Contact the Code Enforcement Officer immediately. Do not wait until the due date. Code Officers are willing to make reasonable accommodations. If this is your first offense, a "reasonable" time frame may be longer unless you have committed the same violation in the last year.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer immediately. The officer will be glad to meet with you and to explain why the notice was issued.
Abatement is when the city hires someone to fix the code violation and bills you. In some cases, the city will abate the nuisance themselves.
Abatement is when the city hires someone to fix the code violation for you. This usually occurs after a violation letter has been issued and the violation was not corrected. A lien may then be filed on the property. Please contact Code Enforcement.
Abatements are only done if the violation is not corrected and the code officer has not been contacted by the due date written on the violation letter. If the notice is ignored, abatements can be done as soon as the first day after the due date. Vacant property is more likely to be abated.
If you receive a citation, you will need to set up a court date and correct the violation within 14 days of the date on the citation. If the violation is not corrected, a second citation may be issued.
A vehicle that has expired or no license plates, is wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or is not currently registered, is an illegal vehicle. Illegal vehicles cannot be parked on city streets or parked on your property within the public’s view. Illegal vehicles must be stored in an enclosed building or must be screened off and parked on an approved surface.
Front, back, and side yards must be landscaped and maintained. Landscaping can include living or non-living ground cover such as grass, rock, mulch, bushes, trees, flowers, etc. Grass shall be maintained less than 8 inches high.
Items that are not designed or intended for outside use cannot be stored outside a home or building. Storing items outside such as car parts, unused construction material, boxes, newspapers, household trash, appliances, indoor furniture, wood, tree cuttings, tires, chemicals, carpet, mattresses, etc. is not allowed.
You will be able to secure your slot for the class with a $550 deposit (as long as the class is not full).
$275 dollars of the deposit is non-refundable.
The balance of the tuition ($550) will need to be paid at the beginning of the first night of class.
Cash, personal check, money order, debit cards, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).
After your application has been accepted begin to gather your shot record: (measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, tetanus (TB/PPD), along with a criminal history check, they will need to be turned in before beginning clinical rotations.
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Yes, besides atte3nding the regular scheduled classes, you will need to ride on the ambulance for 40 hours and spend 24 hours in the hospital emergency department. More will be explained during the first class.
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Fire pits are permitted when used at least 10 feet from any structures and is a contained fire pit (must have a screen to control flying embers). Fire pits are not allowed to be used on porches or balconies in apartments and duplexes. No burning of trash is allowed.
City codes reference
Section 308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.
1. One- and two- family dwellings.
Section 308.5 Fire Hazard Prohibited. In Group R, Division 1 & 2 occupancies, a person shall not construct, erect, install, maintain or use any incinerator or barbecue pit or so burn any combustible material as to constitute or occasion a fire hazard by the use or burning thereof or as to endanger the life or property of any person thereof.
The use or burning of any such devices under the following conditions shall constitute a fire hazard and is strictly prohibited:
1. Within 10 linear feet of any combustible surface, including but not limited to decks, porches, balconies, walls, or verandas.
2. Beneath any balcony, porch, roof overhang, deck, or veranda.
The following are general requirements for residential sheds or accessory buildings. For a full list of all requirements please review Unified Development Code Sec.21.8.2 Accessory Buildings, Uses and Structures.
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Fire extinguishers still under pressure can be disposed of at the City sponsored fall and spring clean up event or by contacting a fire extinguisher company for drop off. Extinguishers that have no pressure or have been discharged can be put into your everyday trash can.
Inspection and recharge
For inspection and/or recharge contact an authorized fire extinguisher company for assistance
The City of Schertz utility account is set up for each property where water/sewage service and/or solid waste management fees apply.
When purchasing a property, you may be faced with having many utility accounts. If your property has gas service, you will have an account and bill with your gas service supplier. Similarly, the electricity service provider to your property will bill you separately for that service.
Visit our website for more information about the City of Schertz Utility Bill.
The City of Schertz offers a number of ways for its citizens to become actively involved in local government. Schertz residents may apply to serve on one of many boards and commissions.
Visit our website for more information about applying for boards & commissions.
Schertz is proud of its water! Since March of 2003, the City has received its water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. Unlike other cities in the area that rely on the Edwards Aquifer, Schertz customers have high quality water with limited use restrictions.
Schertz encourages good stewardship of our water resource and promotes a year-round water conservation plan. The rules are simple to follow:
Pickrell Park closes at 11:00 PM each evening.
Zoning establishes the types of land uses permitted on a specific tract of land. Zoning also helps regulate the size, intensity, and height of development.
The City of Schertz offers a downloadable version of the Current Zoning Map on the Maps/ GIS Department page. Click here to go to the Maps/ GIS Department page.
A Planned Development District (“PDD”) is a unique zoning district created for a given geographic region to allow for development standards that are modified from the standards of the City’s conventional zoning districts. The purpose of the PDD is to promote and encourage innovative development that is sensitive to surrounding land uses and to the natural environment. Each PDD adopts modified development standards that are unique to the given PDD, thus the City’s Unified Development Code does not include the modified development standards of the different PDDs that exist in the City of Schertz. A separate PDD development standards document is approved by the City Council and is adopted by Ordinance. Development within the PDD area has to comply with both the development standards that are specified in the PDD development standards document and the City’s Unified Development Code.
Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, also known as ETJ, is the unincorporated area that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the City of Schertz and not already in the incorporated area or ETJ of another City. The ETJ functions as a means of future growth for the City of Schertz.
Annexation is the legal act of incorporating an area / property into the domain of the City, often thought of as becoming part of the City. The Annexation process can be found in UDC Article 4 – Procedures and Applications, Section 21.4.8 Annexation.
The City’s Unified Development Code, also referred to as the “UDC” is a regulatory document that is adopted by the City that includes development-related rules and regulations. It includes zoning requirements, subdivision regulations, design and development standards, and permit application review procedures for proposed development within the City corporate limits and ETJ.
The City of Schertz’s UDC is Part III of the City’s Municipal Code. It can be accessed online by clicking here.
Developing a commercial lot is a multi-step process. Initially, ensuring that the property is zoned appropriately to permit the proposed / desired use is important. If the property is not already zoned appropriate, then a rezone will be needed. The next step is to determine if the land has been platted. The property may already be platted, or may require a final, replat, or amending plat. The Commercial Site Plan is the next phase. The final step is applying / submitting all necessary permits, this includes Clearing and Grading and Building permits.
The City of Schertz’s Comprehensive Land Plan is a policy document that serves as a guide for decisions relating to the physical, social, and economic growth of the City. The Comprehensive Land Plan includes goals, policies, and identifies issues in the following development related categories: Land Use, Transportation, Public Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Community Enhancement, and Growth Capacity.
Comprehensive Land Plan consists of multiple parts including:
The City’s Unified Development Code is intended to implement the policies and objectives of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. City staff uses the Comprehensive Land Use Plan as a guiding document when evaluating development applications that involve rezone requests.
Please click here to access the City’s Comprehensive Land Plan.
A site plan is a development plan, drawn to scale, showing uses and structures proposed for a subject property. A site plan often includes proposed lot lay out, landscaping, proposed building footprint, streets, driveways, parking spaces, fire lanes, utilities, and easements. The Site Plan process allows for City staff to review the proposed site for conformance / compliance with the City’s Unified Development Code, UDC, and other development standards, codes, and ordinances.
Please click here to access the City’s Development Manual to review the Site Plan Application which gives more specifics on what will be reviewed by the City.
A Plat is the official map of an addition or subdivision of land, showing the number and dimensions of lots, public right-of-way, and easements. The plat must be filed with the County Clerk after City Staff has reviewed and the Planning & Zoning Commission has approved.
A Specific Use Permit is required for uses that are listed under a given zoning district with an “S” in the column of the zoning district in Table 21.5.8 Permitted Uses. A Specific Use Permit grants the property owner approval of a particular use with unique or varying operating characteristics, or unusual site development features, for a specific site. Approval of a Specific Use Permit is at the discretion of the City Council and the approval is subject to terms and conditions set forth in the City’s Unified Development Code (“UDC”). The approval may require modifications in the proposed use and may also include conditions as deemed necessary to address potential adverse effects of the proposed use.
The City’s UDC includes Specific Use Permit processing requirements that City staff implements through the Development Manual, which includes application forms and checklists. Please click here to access the City’s Development Manual.
The City has fees that are adopted for each permit application type. A copy of the City’s fee schedule can be accessed by clicking here.
The Board of Adjustment is a five member approving body that is appointed by the City Council. The City of Schertz Board of Adjustment exercises all powers and duties as prescribed by State law, the City Charter, the Code of Ordinances, and the City’s Unified Development Code (UDC).
The Board performs the following duties:
Additional duties related to nonconforming uses, as specified by the UDC, are also carried out by the Board of Adjustment.
Agendas, minutes, and a list of Board members can be accessed online by clicking here.
The Planning and Zoning Commission exercises all powers and duties as granted by State Law, the City Charter, the Code of Ordinances, and the Unified Development Code (UDC) to initiate, undertake, and decide any matters pertaining to the regulations of the use and development of land.
The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews and considers master plans and plats and makes recommendations to City Council on comprehensive plan amendments, UDC amendments, specific use permits, and zoning requests.
Yes! The Schertz Police Department does offer a program in which every effort will be made to periodically check your residence in your absence. To request this service, download a House Check Request form (PDF). The form should be completed and submitted in person to the Schertz Police Department during normal business hours.
Yes! Schertz Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) classes are offered periodically throughout the year. The CPA is a 12-week course offered to interested residents and/or business members in the Schertz community. The program is designed to give awareness and information about the role of law enforcement and to increase the rapport between citizens and Police Officers. The Citizen's Police Academy does not give the students any Police Officer Certifications or Qualifications. The Citizen's Police Academy is for educational purposes only. View more information about the CPA, or download a class application (PDF).
Law enforcement officers (i.e. Police Officers, Deputy Sheriffs, Constables, etc) within the State of Texas are considered "PEACE OFFICERS". All Texas Peace Officers are required to obtain and maintain a commission through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or TCOLE, pronounced "TEE-COAL", for short. TCOLE requires individuals to complete the following to obtain a commission:
If you have had or currently have a Peace Officer commission (or its equivalent) issued from another State or the Federal government, you may be eligible to attend a "Texas Supplemental Peace Officer Course" in lieu of the basic peace officer course. For further information, you should contact the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), or an area training academy for specific qualifications.
No. Currently, the Schertz Police Department provides instruction and in-service training only to persons who hold a current Peace Officer Commission. Individuals seeking enrollment into a Basic Peace Officer Course are encouraged to research and attend one of several local or area training academies. A benefit to attending a regional or area training academy is that individuals attending these academies do not necessarily have to be currently employed with an agency in order to be accepted into the program. Frequently, these individuals first attend the Basic Peace Officer Course and pass the State required license examination on their own before seeking employment with any of the various law enforcement agencies within the State of Texas. The following is a list of the major local training academies in the Schertz area:
In order to become a police officer for the City of Schertz, you must meet the minimum qualifications for employment as a Texas Peace Officer. The process begins with the completion and submission of a City of Schertz employment application. From there, your application will be forwarded to the Schertz Police Department for review. When appropriate, you may be scheduled for the following:
When applying for employment as a Schertz Police Officer, the applicant must:
The following items are considered disqualifications for police service within the Schertz Police Department:
Employment with the City of Schertz includes the following benefits:
Hiring processes are scheduled when positions become available. When a hiring process is planned, you can check the Schertz Police Department website or local newspapers for announcement information.
After successful completion of the written test (A score of 70 or higher), applicants will move immediately to the obstacle course and PT Test.
An applicant will negotiate various obstacles and verbal commands while attempting to detain a suspect. This course will include running, crawling, jumping and climbing. There will also be requirements of being able to safely and effectively apply restraints to a potential suspect. This is a timed event.
An applicant will be required to move a 180 pound training aid a specified distance. This task must be completed in the allotted time.
PT Test consists of:
Applicants will have sufficient time between the written test and the PT test to change into PT clothing.
Police Applicants must visit the City of Schertz Employment Opportunities page, locate the open job posting and click "Apply".
Questions regarding Schertz Police Department can be directed to:Schertz Police Department1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone: 210-619-1200
An applicant will negotiate various obstacles and verbal commands while attempting to detain a suspect. This course will include running, crawling, jumping and climbing. There will also be requirements of being able to safely and effectively apply restraints to a potential suspect. This task must be completed in one minute and thirty seconds.
An applicant will be required to move a 165 pound training aid the length of a patrol vehicle. This task must be completed in thirty seconds.
No. Currently, the Schertz Police Department provides instruction and in-service training only to persons who hold a current Peace Officer Commission. However, we have just enacted a new program for civilians to have the opportunity to be sponsored through the police academy by the Police Department. For individuals that are not certified Texas Peace Officers, they will go through the same testing process as the Certified applicants. After passing the required steps following the written test, and physical agility test, a conditional job offer is given. Once hired by the Department, the applicant will then complete a TCOLE certified basic peace officer course. After the successful completion of the police academy, the officer will start the field training program.
Another option for individuals seeking enrollment into a Basic Peace Officer Course are encouraged to research and attend one of several local or area training academies. A benefit to attending a regional or area training academy is that individuals attending these academies do not necessarily have to be currently employed with an agency in order to be accepted into the program. Frequently, these individuals first attend the Basic Peace Officer Course and pass the State required license examination on their own before seeking employment with any of the various law enforcement agencies within the State of Texas. The following is a list of the major local training academies in the Schertz area:
Questions regarding Schertz Police Department can be directed to:
Detective Hillory Halbardier or Detective Gregg FlowersSchertz Police Department1400 Schertz ParkwayBuilding 6Schertz, TX 78154Phone: 210-619-1242, 210-619-1262
An applicant will be required to move a 160 pound training aid a specified distance. This task must be completed in the allotted time.
Applicant testing is scheduled when positions become available. When a hiring process is planned, you can check the Schertz Police Department website, social media, or local newspapers for announcement information.
If you suspect you have been a victim of crime or have witnessed a crime or suspicious incident, you should contact the Schertz Police Department immediately. If the incident does not appear to be serious in nature, it is recommended that you call the Schertz Police Department non-emergency line at 210-619-1200. However, when in doubt or if the situation appears to be an issue where an immediate police, fire, or EMS response is warranted, citizens should dial 911. Actual Schertz dispatchers will immediately answer and direct any necessary services to assist you.
When reporting incidents, you should obtain as much descriptive information as possible. Obviously, you should never put yourself in a position where your personal safety is in jeopardy. However any information you can obtain can be extremely helpful to law enforcement. The following information are a few items that can prove to be useful:
To obtain additional information on how to become a Texas Peace officer or obtain employment with the Schertz Police Department, visit the SZPD Employment page.
The Schertz Police Department is committed to providing professional services. If you feel that an officer or member of the Schertz Police Department has acted unprofessionally or has committed other acts of misconduct, you can do one of two things:
Although not always necessary, it is requested that you leave your name and contact phone number so that a member of the Professional Standards Unit may be able to speak to you personally about the incident as well as pass along any facts regarding the incident.
If you believe that an officer has acted above and beyond the call of duty and believe the officer should be recognized for exemplary performance, the same methods as submitting a complaint are also excellent means to ensure that officers receives the recognition they deserve. All too often, the fact that officers are people too is forgotten. Like all people, officers also enjoy being recognized for the things they do right.
The acronym "SZPD" is short for the SchertZ Police Department. For several years now, the Schertz Police Department has partnered with the San Antonio Police Department in the use and operation of mobile data terminals that offer law enforcement only access to needed criminal, license, or registration information. These terminals are the computers or laptops you frequently see inside police vehicles. In order to differentiate the Schertz Police Department from other departments within the system that begin with "S", the Schertz Police Department was given the identifier of "SZPD". The Schertz Police Department has come to accept this moniker and believes it signifies the pride and uniqueness of the Department and its personnel.
It is important to understand the inherent risk posed to both officer and citizen when an officer is performing a traffic stop. Factors such as location, traffic volume, and time of day all play a significant role. If you believe that you are being signaled to stop by the police, you should immediately pull the right shoulder or as far to the right as possible and stop. Texas Transportation Code 545.156 states:
"An operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
By adhering to this law, the overall safety of the stop can be significantly increased. The Schertz Police Department recommends that you acknowledge the officer's intent to stop. This can be done by simply reducing speed, signaling your intent to pull over, or activating your emergency flashers. Next, you should calmly and safely begin changing lanes to the right until you are able to stop in a safe location. Upon stopping, it is recommended that you turn on any interior lights if applicable and wait inside the vehicle for the officer to approach you. It is not recommended that you exit the vehicle and walk back to meet the officer. This may put you a significant risk to oncoming traffic, especially on the highway.
Generally speaking, it is not recommended that you stop on the left-hand shoulder. Although it is understood that certain circumstances may leave a motorist no other option, such as an immediate break down of the vehicle to which it is unfeasible to safely pull over to the right or to avoid an imminent crash, motorist should be aware that responding emergency vehicles generally pass on the left and that during heavy traffic may use the left-hand shoulder to safely and quickly pass.
As stated previously, state law requires you to pull to the right and stop. Pulling over to the left is considered a violation of that statute. However more importantly, traffic stops are a leading cause of officer injuries and fatalities. When you are stopped by the police and you stop on the left, this places you and the officer at a tremendous risk should another motorist crash into either one of your vehicles. Especially for the officer who may be standing outside your vehicle with no protection offered from the mass of a police vehicle or safety belt.
If you are issued a citation and you feel that the officer was incorrect in his reasoning, you should discuss your disagreement with the Schertz Municipal Court. It is not recommended that motorists argue or attempt to dissuade the officer from issuing the citation. Officers do not issue citations if they believe there is any doubt that you have committed a violation. Also, all traffic stops by the Schertz Police Department are recorded using on-board police vehicle video camera systems and may be subpoenaed by either the defense or prosecution in Court.
The City of Schertz does not maintain a Vendor Bid List. Any company is eligible to submit quotes on pending procurements based on the requirements outlined in the procurement document.
You may print the printable applicable forms and mail, email to email@example.com, or bring them in to City Hall with your closing disclosure and deposit of $125 or request the forms in person at City Hall anytime Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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Yes, per the city’s ordinance, all residential accounts are charged a $125 deposit fee. This fee is returned to residents as a credit on their account after 2 years of excellent payment history. If a customer decides to leave the residence prior to 2 years, the deposit is credited towards the final bill, any remaining balance will be returned to the resident in the form of a check
Also, per city’s ordinance, all commercial accounts are charged $100 or 2 ½ times the estimated monthly billing.
A customer who has established a good credit rating with city, (two years or longer continuous residence with deposit refunded for excellent payment), may have one additional service without additional deposit.
You may download the disconnection form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or come in to City Hall to complete the disconnection form.
No, someone is not required to be present in order for services to be connected or restored. However, the customer may have someone there if they choose.
Possibly. One of the most common leaks at a residence is in a toilet or irrigation system. You can contact the city and a meter technician will come by to check the meter. If it is determined that a leak is on the customers side, it is the responsibility of the customer to contact a plumber.
Yes, our night drop box is on the right side of building 1, City Hall. The dropbox is checked first thing in the morning, Monday-Friday, and periodically throughout the day. We ask that customers do not leave cash payments please.
Yes, with valid proof of repair. The city offers a discounted rate on water. For more information please see the Water Utilities Page.
Sewer services are not metered like water services. Since sewer is not metered, the city uses the average water consumption at your home during the sewer averaging months. The sewer averaging begins October 24th and ends March 6th (actual days may vary). Your sewer rate is calculated each April and will apply for one calendar year.
This could affect your sewer rate. Please report any pool fillings or repaired water leaks to Utility Billing at (210) 619-1100.
Yes, please visit Schertz.com Online Payments. The first time you access your account you will need your account number. Note: Partial payments are not permitted at this time.
Customers may request an extension of time to pay their account for good cause. A customer is granted 2 extensions per calendar year. No account will be extended for a period which exceeds ten days after turn off date. There will be a $5.00 charge for each extension granted after the two allowed. Customers may come in to City Hall or call our business office (210) 619-1100 to process extension request.
If your trash was not serviced on your designated day, contact Utility Billing and we will be pleased to assist you.