City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

  NOW HIRING!

The Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for individuals interested in becoming a Springfield Police Officer. The first step in the process is to apply online. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 11:00 p.m. CST. Interested candidates are encouraged to download the information packet and attend the information meeting on January 19 & 21, 2023. Details below.


If you are currently an officer with another department and interested in becoming a Springfield Police Officer, click the link below for our Lateral Officer information.


If you have questions anytime during the process, please reach out to Sgt. Kris Rhodes at  SPDrecruiting@springfield.il.us or the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources at  humanresources@springfield.il.us or by calling 217.789.2446.

    Qualifications

  • 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 vision 20/20 binocularly with minimum of 20/40 in both eyes.
  • Corrected vision to 20/20 binocularly.
  • Color vision: normal or mild anomalous trichromat (red-green deficiency) as defined by specific pseudoisochromatic plates.
  • Valid driver’s license at the time of hire
  • Valid FOID card within 12 months of hire

    Free Fitness Sessions

To help applicants perform their best on the physical ability portion of the test, the Springfield Police Department is hosting FREE fitness sessions. These sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1600 E. Clear Lake Avenue in Springfield. These sessions are currently underway, and the last session will be on Thursday, February 16.

For questions about the fitness sessions or about the testing process for the Springfield Police Department, email SPDrecruiting@springfield.il.us.

    Application Process

    Salary and Benefits

As of March 1, 2021

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27 + bonus compensatory hours equivalent to $6,000
  • Probationary 2nd Year: $63,715.74
  • Probationary 3rd Year: $71,680.21
  • Patrol Officer: $79,644.68

Benefits

  • 80 hours vacation
  • 32 hours personal time
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Triple pay for holiday shifts
  • Take home car program

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

    Incentives and Opportunities

Incentive Pay

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27 + bonus compensatory hours equivalent to $6,000
  • Shift differential
  • Education reimbursement
  • Sick leave bonus
  • Field Training Officer
  • K-9
  • Detective

Opportunities

  • Emergency Response Team
  • Homeless Outreach
  • Neighborhood Patrol Officers
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Narcotics Unit
  • State & Federal Task Forces
  • School Safety Officers
  • Traffic Unit

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