City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Now Hiring Experienced Officers

The Springfield Police Department is currently hiring experienced officers to join our team. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by 11:00 p.m. (CST).

Review the information packet, complete with testing process and deadlines.

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

    Salary and Benefits

  • $74,305.18 starting lateral hire salary
  • 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

    Lateral Officer Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not older than 34 years of age at the time of written exam. Please see “Age Exemptions” in the informational packet.
  • Candidate must have graduated from a full-time certified police academy.
  • A candidate must have been employed a minimum of three of the past five years as a full-time Police Patrol Officer in a single jurisdiction in which the training and experience either qualifies or would qualify the officer to become certified in the State of Illinois upon written request to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • 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 twelve (12) months of hire

    Application Process