City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

    Now Hiring!

The application to become an entry-level Springfield Police Officer is now open. The first step in the process is to review the information packet and then apply online!

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

Applicants now have the ability to take the written and physical exams on a date that best accommodates their schedules. The following are the set testing dates for this application cycle:

  • Written & Physical Exams: July 23, 2022 - Applicants must apply online by July 17 at 11:00 p.m. (CST)
  • Written & Physical Exams: July 29, 2022 - Applicants must apply online by July 24 at 11:00 p.m. (CST)
  • Written & Physical Exams: August 1, 2022 - Applicants must apply online by July 24 at 11:00 p.m. (CST)

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

    Attend An Information Session!

The department will hold two in-person information sessions. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the testing process and the opportunity to ask your questions. You will also have the opportunity to meet members of the department and talk with them one on one. Attending a session is optional but provides great insight to the process and how to achieve your best.

Thursday, June 30
5:00 p.m.
Springfield Police Academy
3501 Color Plant Road in Springfield

Saturday, July 9
10:00 a.m.
801 S. 11th Street in Springfield

Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each session. Let us know you are coming and to which session by emailing


  • 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

    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


  • 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


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