City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become A Springfield Police Officer

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The Springfield Police Department is NOT accepting applications for patrol officer candidates at this time. Sign-up to be alerted when the police application process is open to the public along with important dates and deadlines for becoming a Springfield Police Officer.



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    Application Overview

The application to become an entry-level Springfield Police Officer is now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be late July 2022.

For those candidates currently going through the February 2022 testing process, click here to review the information packet

If you are currently a police officer with another department and interested in applying to the Springfield Police, please click here.

Questions? Contact the City of Springfield’s 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

    Salary and Benefits

As of March 1, 2021

  • Probationary 1st Year: $55,751.27
  • Probationary 2nd Year: $63,715.74
  • Probationary 3rd Year: $71,680.21
  • Patrol Officer: $79,644.68


  • Longevity Pay
  • Competitive salary
  • Shift Schedule
  • Vacation Time
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal and Compensatory Time
  • Overtime Pay
  • Take Home Car
  • Uniforms, Weapons and Gear
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training

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