City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

    Now Hiring

Interested in a rewarding career in law enforcement? The Springfield Police Department (SPD) is currently looking for new officers to join their team in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown! Individuals are encouraged to download the SPD’s information packet. Then apply online for the opening for Police Patrol Officer with the City of Springfield.

You must be apply by Thursday February 24 at 11:00 p.m. (CST).

The Physical and Written Exams will be offered on three different dates to best accommodate the applicant‘s schedules.

  • February 19, 2022
  • February 26, 2022
  • February 28, 2022

If you are currently a police officer with another department and interested in applying to the Springfield Police, please click here.

Questions? Contact the City of Springfield’s Human Resources at 217.789.2446 or email


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not older than 34 years of age at the time of written exam. Please see “Age Exemptions” in the informational packet.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • No felony convictions
  • Tattoo restrictions
  • Uncorrected visual sharpness, minimum of 20/40 with both eyes open using a typical Snellen opticon
  • Valid driver’s license at the time of hire
  • Valid FOID card within 12 months of hire
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire

    Application Process

    Salary and Benefits

As of March 1, 2021

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27
  • Probationary 2nd Year: $63,715.74
  • Probationary 3rd Year: $71,680.21
  • Patrol Officer: $79,644.68


  • Longevity Pay
  • Competitive salary
  • Shift Schedule
  • Vacation Time
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal and Compensatory Time
  • Overtime Pay
  • Take Home Car
  • Uniforms, Weapons and Gear
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training

Please review the Information Packet for a complete list of benefits including optional benefits available.