City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

   Now Accepting Applications!

The Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for individuals and lateral officers to join the force. Interested applicants are asked to review the informational testing packet available online. If you are currently a police officer with another department, please download our lateral testing informational packet here.

After you have reviewed the information, the first step in the process is to apply online by 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 2018.

Applicants are also encouraged to attend one of the information sessions offered by the Springfield Police Department and Human Resources. In addition, a practice physical exam will take place on May 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Lanphier High School.

If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 217.789.2446,


  • Age 21-34 years of age at time of written examination. Applicants may be 20 years of age if they have completed 60 college credit hours, including classes in law enforcement studies. Other exceptions may also apply. See state statute 65 ILCS/ 5/10-1-7 and 65 ILCS/5/10-1-7(c) and 65 ILCS/5/10-1-12
  • No Felony Convictions (check 65 ILCS 5/ Article 10-1-7c for disqualifying misdemeanors)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Graduate or GED Equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License at time of hire
  • Valid FOID Card at the time of hire
  • Vision Correctable to 20/40
  • 2018 Tattoo Policy

   Information Sessions (Orientations)

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the four information sessions (Orientations) offered by the department and the City’s Office of Human Resources. These sessions provide attendees with an overview of the testing process, helpful insights to have a more successful testing experience and an opportunity to ask your questions.

To reserve your seat for one of these sessions, please email or call 217.789.2446.

Thursday, May 10
8:30 a.m.
Springfield City Council Chambers
300 South 7th Street, 3rd Floor

Thursday, May 10
1:00 p.m.
Springfield City Council Chambers
300 South 7th Street, 3rd Floor

Wednesday, May 16
5:00 p.m.
Springfield City Council Chambers
300 South 7th Street, 3rd Floor

Saturday, May 19
8:30 a.m.
Lanphier High School
1300 N. Eleventh Street

   Examination Process

  • City of Springfield Employment Application
    • Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 2018.
  • Physical Ability Exam (POWER Test)
    • Practice POWER Test May 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Lanphier High School.
    • Tested Physical Exam will take place on Friday, June 15 at Lanphier High School.
  • Written Test
    • Saturday, June 16 at Southeast High School.
  • Oral Assessment
    • Applicants will receive a link via email to this online Study Guide after they apply online or attend an information/orientation session.
    • July, 2018
  • Chief's Ranking Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination, Drug Screening & Functional Capacity Evaluation

   Salary and Benefits

  • Salary - Year One: $52,013.63, Year Two: $59,444.14, Year Three: $66,874.66, Year Four: $74,305.18
  • Shift Schedule
  • Vacation Time
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave and Personal Time
  • Overtime Pay
  • Take Home Car
  • Uniforms
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training