Minimum Qualifications

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

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • 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 the 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 standards
  • meet 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

All candidates must meet one of the following to be qualified to test:

  • possess 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university
  • possess Class A Missouri POST certification
  • possess Class B Missouri POST certification plus at least two years of full time law enforcement experience within the last 5 years
  • have two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge
  • possess 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus three years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet



Officer Salary and Benefits

Police Officer Position Testing and Selection Procedure and Schedule


Background Investigation Questionnaire

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