City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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   Accepting Applications for Lateral Officers

The Springfield Police Department is currently accepting applications for those who have experience in the law enforcement field and are interested in applying with the Springfield Police Department as a Patrol Officer - lateral. Candidates cannot be older than 34 years of age, or must fall within the “Age Exemption” requirements, and must have been employed a minimum of three of the past five years as a full-time Police Patrol Officer. Other qualifications are highlighted below.

Candidates are encouraged to download the information packet online here.

To apply, please click here and  for the “Police Patrol Officer Lateral” opening.

Information about our physical fitness test (POWER TEST) can be downloaded here.

Police Patrol Officer Lateral study guide can be downloaded here.

   Lateral Officer Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not older than 34 years of age at the time of written exam. Please see “Age Exemptions” in the informational packet.
  • Candidate must have graduated from a full-time certified police academy.
  • A candidate must have been employed a minimum of three of the past five years as a full-time Police Patrol Officer in a single jurisdiction in which the training and experience either qualifies or would qualify the officer to become certified in the State of Illinois upon written request to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • 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 Illinois driver’s license at the time of hire
  • Valid FOID card at the time of hire

   Application Process

  • Deadline to Apply Online is Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. (CST).
  • Candidates must provide verification that they meet the lateral requirements. A candidate must provide a letter from the police department on company letterhead indicating the individuals name, their position and dates of employment.  A candidate must also provide a copy of their certification of successful completion from a full time, certified police academy.
  • Written Exam will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Oral Assessments will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 following the written exam.
  • Physical Exam
  • Background Check
  • Psychological and Medical Screenings

   Salary and Benefits

  • $74,305.18 starting lateral hire salary
  • 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

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