City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

The Springfield Police Department is currently accepting applications for Entry-Level Patrol Officers. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. (CST). Please review the information packet and when you are ready, apply online. Additional information regarding testing dates and an overview of the position is available below and also in the packet.

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

Due to COVID-19, the Springfield Police Department will not be hosting any in-person information sessions. Instead, the department has created a virtual session that is available online here. This video provides an overview of the testing process and highlights some commonly asked questions. After watching the video, if you have additional questions about the application and testing process or questions related to becoming a Springfield Police Officer, please email

    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.