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SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

Ready to bring your experience to a community that backs their blue? We offer a diverse array of special assignment and promotional opportunities including Investigations, Training, Narcotics, Special Response Team, Community Services, on-campus University assignments, and much more. Officers work 10-hour schedules with rotating days off to ensure a healthy work-home balance. Officers have the opportunity to identify their strengths and aspirations and align their careers accordingly.

SIX IMPORTANT STEPS TO BECOMING AN OFFICER

STEP 1: ONLINE APPLICATION

Becoming an officer with the Springfield Police Department starts by filling out an online application to connect with a recruiter.

You’ll receive an email within about a week of applying (if you haven’t received it, check your spam folder) that will inform you of your testing date. Once you do, you’ll receive additional required forms via email as well.

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Download the six steps.

DO I QUALIFY?

  • Possess high school diploma or GED, AND
  • Any of the following options to fulfill the necessary qualifications to test with us:
    • 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university; OR
    • Class A POST certified peace officer or currently enrolled in a Class A POST program with successful passing of POST exam within six months of application deadline; OR
    • Two (2) years of experience as a Police Service Representative; OR
    • Two (2) years of experience as a Traffic Services Officer; OR
    • Two (2) years of experience as a 911 dispatcher and/or telecommunicator; OR
    • Two (2) years of active-duty military service with an honorable discharge; OR
    • Four (4) years of honorable military service in national guard or armed forces reserves; OR
    • Three (3) years of full-time successful ownership and management of a business within the last five (5) years; OR
    • Three (3) years of full-time employment as a correctional or detention officer within the last five (5) years; OR
    • Three (3) years of full-time employment as a licensed professional security or private security contractor within the last five (5) years; OR
    • Three (3) years of full-time employment working in the professional trade industry within the last five (5) years; OR
    • Three (3) years of full-time employment in the last five (5) years providing paraprofessional work experience to the public or community in one of the following fields: social services, health care services, and/or education.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • 21 years of age at commission.
  • Excellent physical condition.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No conviction for domestic assault.
  • May not have more than one DWI, DUI, or BAC and no conviction in the past three years.
  • May not have been at fault in more than one traffic accident in the past twelve months.
  • Meet vision and hearing standards.
  • No objectionable tattoos and no head, face or neck tattoos.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

CONTINUOUSLY

STEP 2: PHYSICAL & WRITTEN EXAMS

Next up is the physical agility test and written exam.

PHYSICAL EXAM
Candidates will perform a series of linked exercises that simulate necessary job functions of the Police Officer position and shall include but not be limited to the following:
  • 100 meter sprint
  • Pushing a vehicle 15 feet
  • Vertical jump
  • 6-foot wall climb
  • 3-foot wall climb
  • Window climb
  • Dummy drag
  • Subject resistance
  • Stair climb
  • Trigger pull
WRITTEN EXAM
The City of Springfield uses the National Police Officer Selection Test for the written exam phase of the selection process for Police Officer. This test assesses the following skills: arithmetic, reading, comprehension, grammar and writing. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the exam. A calculator will not be allowed during the arithmetic portion of the exam.
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TEST PREP RESOURCES

PHYSICAL
This test shall be considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test. Prepare both physically and mentally for the test.
  1. Come recovered, with at least 24-48 hours, from any other physical activity prior to this testing.
  2. Hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to testing.
  3. Eat a light meal 1-2 hours before the physical agility testing for adequate energy levels to help performance.
  4. Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended (7-8 hours of sleep).
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Get our preparation guide.
WRITTEN
If you want to purchase resources to help you prepare for the written exam, you can purchase the Practice Test for $15 and the Study Guide for $5 at www.applytoserve.com/Study/  Our test is the ‘POST’ exam.”

UPCOMING TEST DATES

4/26/24 • 5/31/24 • 6/21/24

STEP 3: BEHAVIORAL-BASED IN-PERSON INTERVIEW

Eligible applicants will be notified to schedule a selection interview with the SPD. Those that succeed at the behavioral-based interview will continue through the last (and lengthiest) step of the hiring process.

THE STAR METHOD

The City uses a behavior-based interview format. Behavior-based questions typically start with ‘Tell us about a time…’ or ‘Please provide an example of…’

An ideal response will include a story about a previous experience that includes details of the situation, the specific responsibility you held, the steps that you took to address it, and the outcomes from these actions.

This is the STAR method:

  • S – Situation: What was the situation?
  • T – Task: What tasks were involved in the situation?
  • A – Actions: What actions did you take?
  • R – Results: What were the results of these actions?

Using the STAR method ensures you provide detailed accounts of your past experience and provides us with the information we need to make an informed hiring decision. You can use examples from past work, school or volunteer experience.

STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Applicants complete a detailed background questionnaire. Once submitted, a background investigator spends about six weeks delving into the backgrounds of applicants who have made it to this stage.

STEP 5: CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

The entire background investigation is reviewed and if selected for the academy, you will receive a conditional offer of employment. This means you must submit to a medical exam, including a drug screen, a psychological evaluation, and polygraph examination.

STEP 6: START THE ACADEMY

Candidates who pass all phases of the selection process will be confirmed to start with the next scheduled SPD Academy. SPD is unique in that we run our own academy. Recruits are paid employees of the City of Springfield and receive benefits during the 6-month training academy. Upon graduation, Police Recruits move to Police Officers (and receive a pay raise) and begin 13 weeks of field training with a Field Training Officer.

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A PREMIER ACADEMY

The six-month Springfield Police Academy program prepares you for a successful career serving and protecting the Springfield community, and has been recognized as one of the best programs in the state.

Our experienced and professional training staff will equip you with modern policing tactics, prepare you to obtain and maintain your POST certification, and provide an in-depth understanding of local and state law. Our Academy is both mentally and physically demanding, with a balance of hands-on training, classroom work, and physical fitness.

The Springfield Police Academy is recognized by several local colleges, and offers transferrable General Study credits to Officers who wish to pursue a degree during their career.

ACADEMY STARTS

SEPTEMBER 2024

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SALARY RANGE

Police Recruits start at $47,195 during the 6-month Academy.

Upon graduation, new Officers receive an automatic pay increase to $51,916.

 

ANNUAL SALARY
$47,195.20 – Recruits, starting
$51,916.80 – Officers, starting

Each year, with a satisfactory evaluation, Officers receive a pay increase.

JOB BENEFITS

  • $50-$125 travel vouchers during entry/follow-up testing + one overnight hotel stay, depending on distance

  • Relocation cost reimbursement up to $5000

  • Zero-dollar health insurance premiums with tiered options for spouse and family.

  • Voluntary dental and voluntary life insurance

  • Cafeteria plan which includes medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts

  • Non-contribution required pension program

  • Paid leave

  • 24-hour fitness access

  • Annual clothing allowance: $1450

  • Tuition reimbursement and educational incentive

QUESTIONS?

JUST ASK OUR RECRUITER

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