Duties & Requirements

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 currently enrolled in a Class A POST program with successful passing of POST exam within six months of application deadline; 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 conviction for domestic assault;
  • No DWI, DUI, or BAC conviction within the past three years;
  • May not have been at fault in more than one traffic accident in the past twelve 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 the 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.

 See Police Recruit Job Description for Essential Duties and Qualifications.

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 Police Officer 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.


Regular Academy starting pay is $17.80 per hour during the first six months of employment, and increases to $18.72 per hour upon graduation from the Police Academy.  Paid training and uniforms or uniform allowance provided.  Lateral Academy starting pay is discretionary, but may range from $18.72 - $24.31 per hour. The complete salary range for Police Officer rank is approximately $18.72 - $31.47 per hour.   

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


During Academy, hours are generally Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 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.

Notice of Continuous Recruitment

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/Disability and Vet

The City of Springfield is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. 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 is required.