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If you’re between the ages of 16 and 20 and you feel drawn to a career in law enforcement, the cadet program is a great option. The Cadet Unit is a volunteer operational unit designed to prepare you for a career in law enforcement while supplementing the resources of the department. Cadets are required to fulfill at least four hours of service to the department each month. Some duties include providing assistance with the Ozark Empire Fair, dignitary visits, tours, parades and other events.

After graduation from the academy, cadets are able to utilize hands-on training. Cadets will have the opportunity to work with the different units within the department which include, but are not limited to, Uniform Operations, MSU Substation, Calaboose, Criminal Investigations, Leaving the Scene of a Crash (LSOC) Unit, and the Training Section. One of the benefits of staying current as a cadet is being able to ride along with an officer during his/her work shift.


  • At least 16 years of age upon completion of the Cadet Academy, but have not reached your 20th birthday at the time of application

  • Attending high school and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, or have a high school diploma or the equivalent, or have a G.E.D.

  • Possess a valid Missouri driver's license or obtain one by the time of appointment

  • Be able to pass a background investigation

  • Possess no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions

  • Have a desire for a career in law enforcement or a public safety occupation.


Contact Officer Kevin Grundy at 417-864-2040 to find out when the next Cadet Academy is scheduled.

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Police interns are non-paid students who perform a wide variety of support-related functions within the police department. The Springfield Police Department has a structured 150-hour internship course. The course incorporates job shadowing different areas of the Springfield Police Department such as detectives, training, community services, and patrol. The internship will also help the intern prepare themselves with resume building, interview skills, and public speaking.


  • Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen

  • Have 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university OR 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus three years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet.

  • Do not have a pending indictment of any felony, serious misdemeanor, or driving while intoxicated within the last three years.

  • Has not used marijuana illegally in the past twelve months or any other type of controlled substance illegally within the last three years.



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