Springfield Police Department Structure

The Springfield Police Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency comprised of an authorized strength of 331 sworn officers and 80.5 civilian employees. We serve a population of approximately 159,621 located in 82.5 square miles. Services are available at Headquarters and South District Station with a substation at Missouri State University. The department is organized into two bureaus.

The Investigations and Support Services Bureau is responsible for investigating crime and sending completed investigative reports to the appropriate prosecutor for the filing of criminal charges. Many procedures in the criminal justice system may not be familiar to crime victims or witnesses. It is our mission to provide reassurance to victims and witnesses, answer any questions they may have, and give them the information they need. The Criminal Investigations Section investigates property and persons crimes, violent crimes and fraud. The Special Investigations Section is responsible for narcotics, gambling, prostitution, gangs, and extremist group investigations.

The Investigations and Support Services Bureau also assists a wide variety of customers ranging from people in need of an accident report to forensic support for major crime investigations. As a regional basic and in-service police training facility, we provide training opportunities to all of southwest Missouri. Support activities necessary to the efficient functioning of operational and command elements of the SPD are provided by this bureau. The staff manages records and evidence, grant project applications, budgeting and purchasing activities, coordinates criminal intelligence and crime analysis activities, and manages accreditation compliance. Our goal is to provide quality service to meet the needs of all customers in a way that helps them do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

The Uniform Operations Bureau is the larger of the two bureaus in the department and has the most community contact. When a person calls for help, officers assigned to a squad will be the first responders. From traffic enforcement officers to hostage negotiators to K9s and Special Response Teams, the Uniform Operations Bureau performs a variety of services in many different areas. The Community Services Section is comprised of Community Policing Services, Crime Prevention, and volunteers. Springfield is divided into three zones comprised of eight beats. Officers assigned to a beat work a 4-10 schedule.