City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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  • 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

    Salary and Benefits

As of March 1, 2021

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27 + bonus compensatory hours equivalent to $6,000
  • Probationary 2nd Year: $63,715.74
  • Probationary 3rd Year: $71,680.21
  • Patrol Officer: $79,644.68


  • 80 hours vacation
  • 32 hours personal time
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Triple pay for holiday shifts
  • Take home car program

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

    Incentives and Opportunities

Incentive Pay

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27 + bonus compensatory hours equivalent to $6,000
  • Shift differential
  • Education reimbursement
  • Sick leave bonus
  • Field Training Officer
  • K-9
  • Detective


  • Emergency Response Team
  • Homeless Outreach
  • Neighborhood Patrol Officers
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Narcotics Unit
  • State & Federal Task Forces
  • School Safety Officers
  • Traffic Unit