The Schertz Police Department will begin offering the Citizens Police Academy on March 2.

This program helps citizens become more familiar with the role of law enforcement and is designed to increase the rapport between police and residents.

Applicants must be Schertz residents and must be at least 18 years old. A background check will be conducted on all applicants.

Registration for the program will end Feb. 27, and classes will be held for 10 weeks. Class will run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. every Thursday from March 2 through May 11.

Completed applications should be returned to the Schertz Police Department, located at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. 6. Applications are available here.