City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

   Now Recruiting!

The Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for new and lateral patrol officers. The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 9.

Interested candidates are asked to download the information packet and lateral candidates may download their packet here. Individuals are also encouraged attend one of the three information sessions offered by the Springfield Police and the City’s Human Resources Department. A practice physical test (POWER Test) is also available to interested applicants on May 4. Complete details are included in the downloadable information packet above.

When you are ready, apply online for the Police Patrol Officer or Lateral Patrol Officer opening. Computers are available for use in the City of Springfield’s HR office located at 300 S. 7th Street, in Room 309.

The final step is to take the three required tests. The mandatory Physical Ability Exam is scheduled for Friday, June 21, the Written Exam will be Saturday, June 22, and the mandatory Oral Assessment is scheduled for July 2019.

Questions? Please call 217.789.2446 or

For more information about the various phases of the examination process, please view:

Police Recruiting Information Session, May 9, 2019


  • Age 21-34 years of age at time of written examination. Applicants may be 20 years of age if they have completed 60 college credit hours, including classes in law enforcement studies. Other exceptions may also apply. See state statute 65 ILCS/ 5/10-1-7 and 65 ILCS/5/10-1-7(c) and 65 ILCS/5/10-1-12
  • No Felony Convictions (check 65 ILCS 5/ Article 10-1-7c for disqualifying misdemeanors)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Graduate or GED Equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License at time of hire
  • Valid FOID Card at the time of hire
  • Vision Correctable to 20/40
  • No visible tattoos on the head, neck, face or hands. Tattoos must be covered by the long sleeve uniform or other department approved accessory. Exceptions may apply. Read the 2018 Tattoo Policy for complete details.

   Salary and Benefits

  • Salary - Year One: $52,013.63, Year Two: $59,444.14, Year Three: $66,874.66, Year Four: $74,305.18
  • 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

   Examination Process

  • City of Springfield Employment Application - Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Physical Ability Exam (POWER Test) - Friday, June 21 at Lanphier High School
  • Practice test on May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Lanphier High School
  • Written Test - Saturday, June 22 at Southeast High School
  • Oral Assessment- July 2019
  • Chief's Ranking Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination, Drug Screening & Functional Capacity Evaluation