Lateral Hire Program

Why SPD?

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Springfield is a unique city, in that the Police Department has a strong relationship with the community built on a foundation of transparency and mutual respect. Members of the Springfield Police Department are committed to providing quality service to our community through personal integrity, fairness, open communication and a helpful attitude. Hear from our laterals.

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We offer a diverse array of special assignment and promotional opportunities including Investigations, Training, Narcotics, Special Response Team, Community Services, on-campus University assignments, and much more. Officers work 10 hour schedules with rotating days off to ensure a healthy work-home balance. Officers have the opportunity to identify their strengths and aspirations and align their careers accordingly. Check out the organizational chart here.
Hear from our Laterals.

Jacob Miller


The City has significant benefit offerings including health insurance coverage at no cost for employees, generous leave time, a wellness program, tuition reimbursement and more. We are especially proud of our retirement program which includes the most robust option (L-11) available through MO LAGERS, vesting after 5 years of service. This benefit is 100% paid for by the City and requires no employee contribution. The City also offers an optional 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plan, with City matching funds available.

  1. Test Dates
  2. Qualifications
  3. Testing & Selection
  4. Pay & Benefits
  5. Testing & Relocation Assistance

Click on a date to apply and schedule for testing:

*We will be accepting applications for additional testing dates soon. Contact a Recruiter to stay in touch, or subscribe to be alerted.

The ability to apply for upcoming test dates will become available as the year goes on.

  • 5/19/2023
  • 6/16/2023
  • 8/11/2023
  • 9/15/2023
  • 10/6/2023

Relocating? Check Out the Cost of Living!

  1. One of the major factors attracting people to the Ozarks is the surprisingly low cost of living. With an average home sales price of $161,703, people from across the U.S. are often astonished by the amount of home they can purchase here for a relatively low cost. Whether you’re investing in a home or simply buying groceries, clothing or gas, your hard-earned money stretches farther here.

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