JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NOTICE OF CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

POLICE OFFICER

APPLICATION INFORMATION

 

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Duties

Performs general police duties, processes and operations for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of federal and state laws as well as municipal ordinances.  Works special police assignments as required.   

REGULAR ACADEMY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess high school diploma or GED;
  • Possess 60 semester hours from accredited college of university; OR
  • Class A MO POST certifications; OR
  • Class B MO POST certification plus at least 2 years of full time law enforcement experience within the last 5 years; OR
  • Two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge; OR
  • Possess 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus 3 years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet to enter the Academy. 
  • *Law enforcement experience and/or education preferred, but not required*

Additional requirements include the following:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 21 years of age at commission
  • Excellent physical condition
  • No felony convictions
  • No more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in the past three years
  • May not have three moving violations from separate incidents or be at fault in more than 1 accident in the past 18 months, 
  • Meet vision and  hearing standards,
  • No objectionable tattoos and no visible tattoos in a short sleeve uniform shirt,
  • May not have used an illegal controlled substance  within the last three years

LATERAL ACADEMY 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) AND
  •  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 call for service, conducting preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes, responding to traffic accidents and apprehending, detaining and arresting suspects. 

See Job Description for Essential Duties and Qualifications.

NOTE:  Candidates must submit documentation of college transcripts, certifications, and/or military DD-214, etc. in order to receive credit for meeting specific qualification.

SALARY: Regular Academy starting pay is $16.26 per hour during the first 12-18 months of employment.  Paid training and uniforms or uniform allowance provided.  Lateral Academy starting pay is discretionary, but may range from $17.09 - $21.98 per hour. The complete salary range for Police Officer rank is approximately $16.26 - $26.17 per hour.   

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to schedule testing.

Schedule:  During Academy, hours are generally Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; will vary for special assignments.  After Academy graduation, 10 hour days, with varying days off; fixed shifts set on an annual basis.  Weekends and holidays required.

See Current Testing & Selection Procedure and Schedule

In accordance with the City Merit Rules, a Continuous Recruitment Program has been declared for the Police Officer job classification.  Based on the notice of Continuous Recruitment, applications received as a result of this posting will be considered continuously until the Director of Human Resources terminates this Continuous Recruitment Program.  Eligible candidates are those who successfully pass the testing and selection process.  The names of eligible candidates shall be added to and removed from the Eligible List on a continuous basis and will be submitted to departments based on rank irrespective of dates on which the testing and selection process occurred.  Once a candidate attains eligible status, he/she may remain on the Eligible List for no longer than eighteen months from the date the candidate attained eligibility status.  If a candidate wants to be eligible after his/her 18 month eligibility has expired, he/she must retake the testing and interview process in order to maintain eligibility as long as the Continuous Recruitment Program has not been terminated.

CITY EMPLOYEES desiring consideration must have received a satisfactory rating on their last performance evaluation, per Merit Rule 10.1(c), and MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETED APPLICATION.   

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Springfield is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, amongst other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment.  Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in The United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment.

Pre-employment drug testing required. 


Police Officer Position
Testing & Selection
Procedure & Schedule

 

Regular Academy Program

(For Lateral Hire Program information see "Lateral Hire Program" section.)

The testing and selection procedure includes the following elements: a physical agility test, written exam, oral interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, pre-employment drug testing, post-offer medical examination and psychological evaluation.

Applicants must pass every phase of the testing and selection process in order to be considered eligible for appointment. Failure of any phase will result in disqualification from further consideration and testing for the position of Police Officer.

Physical agility testing will be a job simulation physical agility course. 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
  • six-foot wall climb
  • three-foot wall climb
  • window climb
  • dummy drag
  • subject resistance
  • stair climb
  • trigger pull

The above series of job simulated exercises will take place on a continuous 1/2-mile course where the candidate will run or continuously move throughout the course. Candidates must successfully engage all tasks associated with each exercise on the course. The 1/2-mile course must be completed in a maximum time of 7:05.

 

Preparedness Suggestions for the Springfield Missouri Police Department Physical Agility Testing

This test shall be considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test. The following are suggestions applicants can use to adequately prepare for the test. 

The applicant should prepare both physically and mentally for the test. An example of mentally preparing for this test would include having a positive mindset prior to and during the test. It is recommended that applicants should have recovered at least 24-48 hours from any other physical activity prior to this testing. The applicant should also hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing. It may be helpful to also consume a light meal 1-2 hours prior to the physical agility testing, as the applicant should have adequate energy levels to help facilitate a better performance. Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended (7-8 hours of sleep). These tips will help manage any risks associated with testing performance during extreme or inclement weather conditions. 

Physical agility events and standards are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate without prior notice.

Detailed information may be found in the Physical Agility Test Preparation Guide. You may also view the Physical Agility Video to see each test station being performed.


Lateral Hire Program

All candidates for the position of Police Officer wanting to attend the Lateral Program must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to apply:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be at least 21 years of age at commission
  • be in excellent physical condition
  • no felony convictions
  • may not have more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in past three years
  • may not have three moving violations from separate incidents or be at fault in more than one accident in the past 18 months
  • meet vision and hearing standards
  • no objectionable tattoos and no visible tattoos in a short sleeve uniform shirt
  • may not have used a controlled substance illegally within the last three years
  • Currently certified as a law enforcement officer. If not currently certified in the state of Missouri, with a Missouri P.O.S.T. Class A Peace Officer License, candidates may be allowed to complete written, physical and oral testing. However, Missouri Class A certification must be obtained before a background investigation will be conducted. (Contact Missouri P.O.S.T. at 573-751-4905 to find out how to get your Class A or visit www.dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/post/).
  • Must have a minimum of two years full-time sworn police experience in any state, within the last five years. Primary duties must include responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes, responding to traffic accidents, and apprehending, detaining and arresting suspects.

The testing and selection procedure includes the following elements: a physical agility test, written exam, oral interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, pre-employment drug testing, post-offer medical examination and psychological evaluation.

Physical agility events and standards are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate, without prior notice.

Physical agility testing will be a job simulation physical agility course. Candidates will perform a series of linked exercises that simulate the 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
  • six-foot wall climb
  • three-foot wall climb
  • window climb
  • dummy drag
  • subject resistance
  • stair climb
  • trigger pull

The above series of job simulated exercises will take place on a continuous 1/2-mile course where the candidate will run or continuously move throughout the course. Candidates must successfully engage all tasks associated with each exercise on the course. For Lateral Hire candidates, the 1/2-mile course must be completed in a maximum time of 5:54.

Preparedness Suggestions
for the Springfield Missouri Police Department Physical Agility Testing

This test shall be considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test. The following are suggestions applicants can use to adequately prepare for the test.

The applicant should prepare both physically and mentally for the test. An example of mentally preparing for this test would include having a positive mindset prior to and during the test. It is recommended that applicants should have recovered at least 24-48 hours from any other physical activity prior to this testing. The applicant should also hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing. It may be helpful to also consume a light meal 1-2 hours prior to the physical agility testing, as the applicant should have adequate energy levels to help facilitate a better performance. Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended (7-8 hours of sleep). These tips will help manage any risks associated with testing performance during extreme or inclement weather conditions.

Applicants must pass every phase of the testing and selection process in order to be considered eligible for appointment to the Lateral Hire Program. If a candidate fails to meet the physical agility standards for the Lateral Hire program but all of his/her scores meet the Regular Academy standards, the candidate may opt to be considered for the Regular Police Academy. Note: If a candidate opts to be considered for the Regular Police Academy, he/she is not eligible for placement on the pay scale higher than a step one, which is entry level pay, and he/she will be required to attend the normal 6-month academy training.


Lateral Hire Pay: 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 $35,027.20 - $45,052.80.

LATERAL HIRE PAY SCALE: POLICE
Step 2
$35,547.20
Step 3
$37,356.80
Step 4
$38,854.40
Step 5
$39,977.60
Step 6
$41,724.80
Step 7
$43,555.20
Step 8
$45,718.40

 

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. 

 

 

Testing schedules are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate, without prior notice.

2014 REGULAR AND LATERAL POLICE OFFICER TESTING SCHEDULE

 

 

65th Academy

Informational Seminar

May 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
South District Station

Accepting Applications for this Testing

April 11, 2014

Application Deadline for Testing Purposes

May 30, 2014

Schedule Testing

June 2, 2014

Written Exams & Physical Agility
*Background Questionnaire Due

June 13 & 14, 2014

Schedule Interviews

June 13 & 14, 2014

Oral Boards/Interview

Begin June 13, 2014

Interview Results to Candidates

Within 2 weeks of completed interview

Background Investigations

Pending date

Employment Offers

Pending date

Post-Offer Exams

Pending date

Final Notices

Pending date

First Day of the Academy

To be Determined – Anticipating January / February 2015 Academy

 

*Please note:  Background Questionnaire is due at the Written Exam check-in.  Supplemental documents required for the background packet (i.e. transcripts, birth certificate, diplomas, etc.) are required and due at the Oral Interview Board.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for the Police Officer position and are interested in participating in the June testing, please complete an application online. All applications must be received by the application deadline. If you want to test in July, you will need to apply for the July testing cycle. Please read and retain this information for your use.

If you are selected for the Police Academy, you will be required to complete the 1/2 mile continuous course in a maximum time of 5:54 to successfully complete the Police Academy physical training exit standard and in order to graduate from the Police Academy.

 


Testing schedules are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate and without prior notice.

2014 REGULAR AND LATERAL POLICE OFFICER TESTING SCHEDULE

 

 

65th Academy

Informational Seminar
    

June 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
South District Station

Accepting Applications for this Testing

Beginning May 31, 2014

Application Deadline for Testing Purposes

July 11, 2014

Schedule Testing

Week of July 14, 2014

Written Exams & Physical Agility  
*Background Questionnaire Due

July 26 & 27, 2014

Schedule Interviews

July 26 & 27, 2014

Oral Boards/Interview

Begin July 28, 2014

Interview Results to Candidates

Within 2 weeks of completed interview

Background Investigations

Pending date

Employment Offers

Pending date

Post-Offer Exams

Pending date

Final Notices

Pending date

First Day of the Academy

To be Determined – Anticipating January / February 2015 Academy

 

*Please note:  Background Questionnaire is due at the Written Exam check-in.  Supplemental documents required for the background packet (i.e. transcripts, birth certificate, diplomas, etc.) are required and due at the Oral Interview Board.

If you are selected for the Police Academy, you will be required to complete the 1/2 mile continuous course in a maximum time of 5:54 to successfully complete the Police Academy physical training exit standard and in order to graduate from the Police Academy.

If you have any questions regarding the testing and selection process for Police Officer, please contact the Recruiting Officer at 417-864-1796 or by e-mail at ResourceManagement@springfieldmo.gov.

 


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