City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

   Now Recruiting

The City of Springfield’s Police Department is actively recruiting new and lateral police officers.  The deadline to apply is May 21, 2017.

To download the NEW officer information packet please click here.

For former and current police officers wishing to apply, please download the LATERAL information packet here.

If you have questions at any point during the application process, contact Human Resources at 217.789.2446 or email

   Salary and Benefits

  • Salary - Year One: $49,497.38, Year Two: $56,568.4, Year Three: $63,639.49, Year Four: $70,710.55
  • 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


  • 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
  • No visible tattoos on the head, neck, face or hands. Tattoos must be covered by the long sleeve uniform or other department approved accessory. Exceptions may apply. Please read our department’s Tattoo Policy for additional info.

   Examination Process

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