The Springfield Police Department provides a variety of services to our residents to help keep our community safe. Following is a listing of these programs.

Driver Safety

The Police Traffic Services officers are highly trained and experienced in traffic and driver safety. By contacting the Traffic Services Supervisor, arrangements can be made to provide safety and driver training for audiences of all ages. Traffic Services Officers are trained in alcohol and drug impairment detection, juvenile directed traffic safety programs and new/young driver education. Traffic Services has a Seatbelt Convincer, which few agencies in this area possess. This equipment dramatically demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of occupant restraints. The department also has access to driving simulations involving moving vehicles and impairment simulators such as “Drunk Goggles”.

Call at 217.788.8357 for more information or to schedule your presentation.

Funeral Check

Contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8311 for additional information about this service.

Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T)

Police are often the first point of contact for many throughout our community, especially in times of need. Because of this, the Springfield Police Department designated an outreach officer who focuses on those individuals experiencing homelessness. The department’s H.O.T. Officer is able to connect individuals with resources and the appropriate contacts whether it is housing, health care, detox, or social services. The officer is also specially trained to handle the various situations s/he may encounter

Whether a person is experiencing homelessness or it is impacting a business or neighborhood, contact our H.O.T. Officer at 217.741.0981.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. The program allows residents to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their neighborhoods, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.

Interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood? Visit this website: National Neighborhood Watch

Premise Check

Contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8311 for additional information about this service.

Vacation Check

Going out of town for the holidays? Plan on being away from home? Call the Springfield Police Department today and request a “Vacation Check” or “Extra Patrol” around your home. There is no cost for this service and it is designed for officers to patrol around your residence while you are away.

Call 217.788.8325. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Date leaving
  • Date returning
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Reason for the premise check
  • Emergency contact
  • Contact phone number
  • Does the residence have lights on a timer?
  • Will there be vehicles parked in the driveway?

Other Neighborhood Issues

The Springfield Police Department is a division of the City of Springfield that is managed by the Mayor. If there are issues in your neighborhood or concerns you have that may not be specific to the Police, the department can help connect you to the appropriate City of Springfield department. You can also contact the city’s general number at 217.789.2000 or visit their website, for more information.