City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

    Now Hiring

Interested in a rewarding career in law enforcement? The Springfield Police Department (SPD) is currently looking for new officers to join their team in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown! Individuals are encouraged to download the SPD’s information packet. Then apply online for the opening for Police Patrol Officer with the City of Springfield.

You must be apply by Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. (CST).

The Physical Exam will take place on Friday, July 30 and the Written Exam will occur on Saturday, July 31. Four information sessions will also be offered for potential applicants to learn more about the application and testing process.

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

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


  • 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

    Attend an Information Session

Four information sessions will be available to those interested in learning more about the application and testing process. Those who attend will get insight into how best to prepare for the Written Exam and Oral Assessment, information regarding police work in addition to meeting officers from the department and asking your questions.

Check-in for each session will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP with their name, contact information, and which session they will be attending by emailing or by calling 217.789.2446.

Saturday, June 26 at 8:45 a.m.
801 S. 11th Street

Thursday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m.
City of Springfield Council Chambers
300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor

Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 a.m.
City of Springfield Council Chambers
300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor

Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.
City of Springfield Council Chambers
300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor

For sessions taking place in the Council Chambers, parking is available in the Wyndham Parking Garage at the corner of 7th and Monroe. Parking is free on the street; however, you must move your vehicle within the allotted time posted on the parking signage. If not you may receive a parking ticket.

    Salary and Benefits

As of March 1, 2021

  • Police Cadet: $51,796.04
  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27
  • Probationary 2nd Year: $63,715.74
  • Probationary 3rd Year: $71,680.21
  • Patrol Officer: $79,644.68


  • Longevity Pay
  • Competitive salary
  • Shift Schedule
  • Vacation Time
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal and Compensatory Time
  • Overtime Pay
  • Take Home Car
  • Uniforms
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training

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