Police Recruit/Police Officer

City of Springfield Springfield, MO

This posting is for regular and lateral hires.

We are looking for individuals that want to make a positive impact on their community, those that are not looking for a desk job, but want to have a different day at work every day. Individuals who are willing and able to work hard physically, mentally, and emotionally to protect the community. Get paid to go through the Police Academy by becoming a Police Recruit with the Springfield Police Department!

As a Police Recruit in the academy, the salary is $16.93 per hour. Once a Police Recruit graduates from the academy and becomes a commissioned Police Officer, the salary will move to $17.80 per hour.

Starting pay for lateral hires is discretionary and based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, years of law enforcement service, law enforcement assignments, special training and agency size.The starting pay range for lateral hires is $17.80 - $23.13 per hour.

Our next academy will be January 2019, and we are currently accepting applications for our June 15, 2018 testing date. Future testing dates include July 20th, August 17th, and September 28th. Please contact Human Resources for when you should apply if you would like to attend one of the future testing dates listed.

The Springfield Police Department is seeking to hire the most qualified men and women, including those with current police officer experience. If you would like to work for a professional organization that values your dedication and invests in your development, we encourage you to join our team. Our training programs are known across the region for their excellence and our officers have career opportunities to be in a variety of special assignments. Additionally, the City provides an excellent benefit package. We are looking for police officer candidates who are ready to take the challenge and join one of Missouri's premiere law enforcement agencies.

Qualifications and Requirements

Experience, Education, and Training

Police Recruit

* Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.


* In addition, must possess 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university;


* 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;


* Two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge;


* Possess a Missouri Class B certification as a peace officer plus at least two years of full time law enforcement experience within the last 5 years;


* Possess 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus three years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet to enter the Academy.


* Law enforcement experience and/or education preferred, but not required.

Additional Requirements

* U.S. Citizen

* 21 years of age at commission

* Excellent physical condition

* No felony convictions

* No conviction for domestic assault

* No more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in the past three years

* May not have two (2) moving violations from separate incidents within the past twelve months, or have been at fault in more than one (1) traffic crash/accident during the past twelve (12) months

* Meet vision and hearing standards

* No objectionable tattoos and no tattoos visible while on duty (i.e. can be covered with a long sleeve shirt), or when representing SPD in an official capacity, unless approved by the Chief of Police

* May not have used an illegal controlled substance within the last three years

Police Officer (Lateral) Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, lateral candidates must possess the following:

* A MO POST Class A license (if candidate does not possess a MO POST Class A license, but possesses law enforcement certification through another state, he/she may participate in the testing process while seeking reciprocity through MO POST)


* A minimum of two years full time sworn police experience in any state within the last five years. Police experience must include the primary duties of responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes, responding to traffic accidents and apprehending, detaining and arresting suspects.


For more information on essential functions and other requirements for Police Recruit, please see the job description.

For more information on essential functions and other requirements for Police Officer, please see the job description.

Other Requirements

Testing & Selection Procedure Steps

* Submit application

* Be sure to attach, email (btyson@springfieldmo.gov), fax, or drop off documents showing you meet the minimum requirements. These can be unofficial copies.

* Print and complete the Pre-Background Questionnaire found here.

* Receive email notification with instructions to schedule for written exam

* Schedule for written exam set for June 15, 2018.

* Bring completed pre-background questionnaire to the written exam

* Complete the written exam and physical agility test

* Interviews will be scheduled immediately following the written exam for the following week

* Go to scheduled interview

* Background investigation will begin

* Once the background investigation is completed, a conditional job offer can be made

* The final steps after a conditional job offer is made include a drug test, medical exam, psychological evaluation, and polygraph before the job offer is confirmed.