Police Officer Position Testing and Selection Procedure and Schedule

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

The written exam is the National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory Exam. The exam consists of a cognitive section and a personality inventory section. Public Safety Recruitment has a study guide/practice exam available for purchase. Discount codes are also available.

Physical agility testing is a job-simulation physical agility course. Candidates will perform a series of linked exercises that simulate a Police Officer’s job.  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.

The Springfield Police Department and YMCA are presenting a Fitness Challenge to help applicants prepare for the physical agility test. A fee will be charged for this 7-week program. CrossFit Springfield is also providing a fitness program for recruits. There is a fee for this 10-week course. Physical agility events and standards are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate and without prior notice.

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.

Exact dates for testing and selection are determined each year. Testing schedules are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate and without prior notice.

62nd Academy Testing Schedule
  Option 1 Option 2
Informational Seminar-South District Station 05/23/11 7:00 p.m. Pending date
Accepting Applications for this Testing Through 06/10/11 Beginning 06/11/11
Application Deadline for Testing Purposes 06/10/11 5:00 p.m. 07/29/11
Schedule Testing Week of 06/13/11 Week of 08/01/11
Written Exams & Results to Candidates 06/25/11 08/13/11
Physical Agility 06/26/11 08/14/11
Schedule Interviews 06/26/11 08/14/11
Oral Boards/Backgrounds Returned 06/27-07/29/11 08/15-09/16/11
Interview Scores to Candidates Within week of completed interview Within week of completed interview
Background Investigations Beginning 07/01/11 Beginning 08/22/11
Employment Offers Pending date Pending date
Post-Offer Exams Pending date Pending date
Final Notices Pending date Pending date
First Day of the Academy Pending date Pending date
Graduation Pending date Pending date


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are interested in participating in the June selection process, please contact the City of Springfield Human Resources Department at 417-864-1607 for an application, print an application and complete it, or you may complete an application online. If you know you will be testing in August, you will need to apply on or after June 11, 2011, as candidates must apply within the selection cycle they will be testing. All applications must be received by the application deadline. Please read and retain this information for your use.

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.

We appreciate your interest in serving the citizens of Springfield.


Minimum Qualifications

Officer Salary and Benefits

Background Investigation Questionnaire

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