City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer


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 Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:00 p.m. CST. Interested candidates are encouraged to download the information packet and attend the information meeting on Monday, September 26 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 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 or the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources at or by calling 217.789.2446.


  • 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

    Information Session

The Springfield Police Department together with the City’s Office of Human Resources will be hosting an information session for interested candidates. This is an opportunity to learn more about the application and testing process, meet officers with the department, and a chance to ask your questions. Attendance is not mandatory but is a way to help you better succeed throughout the hiring process.

When and Where

  • Monday, September 26 5:00 p.m.
  • Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
  • 908 S. Martin Luther King Jr Drive
  • Springfield, IL 62703
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Let us know you are attending by sending an email to

    Application Process

  • Attend the September 26 Information Session
  • Physical Ability Exam
  • Written Exam - Monday, October 10 and Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • Watch the Power Test Video
  • Oral Assessment
  • Chief's Ranking Interview
  • Background Check
  • Psychological Screening
  • Pre-Power Test
  • Medical/Drug Screening

    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

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