City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

The Springfield Police Department application for Entry-Level Patrol Officers is now closed. Applicants who recently applied will take the Physical Exam on September 18 and the Written Exam on September 19.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the City of Springfield’s Office of 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

  • Apply online
  • Physical Exam – Friday, September 18 at a location to be announced. WATCH Demonstration Video
  • Written Exam – Saturday, September 19 at a location to be announced.
  • Oral Assessments will take place in October, 2020.
  • Background Check
  • Psychological and Medical Screenings

    Salary and Benefits

  • 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

    Application Process

If you are currently a police officer with another agency or department and interested in joining the Springfield Police Department, please visit out Lateral Hiring page for more information.