Lateral Hire Program

Why SPD?



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.

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We offer a diverse array of special assignment and promotional opportunities including Investigations, Training, Crime Analysis, Special Response Teams, Community Policing, University assignments, and much more. Our Officers have an opportunity to identify their strengths and aspirations and align their careers accordingly. Check out the organizational chart here.

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The City has benefit offerings that are un-matched, including 100% paid Health insurance coverage 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 available through MO LAGERS. This benefit is paid for by the City and your time in this pension plan can travel with you to other public employers in Missouri. The City also offers an optional 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plan.

Contact Us

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    Officer Greg Anderson

    SPD Recruiter
    Ph: 417-864-1796

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    Amie Davis

    Senior Human Resources Specialist
    Ph: 417-864-1635
  1. Qualifications
  2. Testing & Selection
  3. Pay & Benefits

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Be at least 21 years of age at commission. 
  • Have no felony convictions. 
  • May not have more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in past three years.
  •  May not have been at fault in more than one traffic accident during the past twelve (12) months.
  •  Meet vision and hearing standard.     
  • No objectionable tattoos and no tattoos visible while on duty (i.e. can be covered with long sleeve shirt), or when representing the SPD in an official capacity, unless approved by the Chief of Police.  
  • May not have used a controlled substance illegally within the last three years.  
  • Currently certified as a law enforcement officer. If not currently certified in the state of Missouri, with a Missouri P.O.S.T. Class A Peace Officer License, candidates may be allowed to complete written, physical and oral testing. However, Missouri Class A certification must be obtained before a background investigation will be conducted. (Contact Missouri P.O.S.T. at 573-751-4905 to find out how to get your Class A or visit the Missouri P.O.S.T. website). >Must have a minimum of two years full-time sworn police experience in any state, within the last five years. Primary duties must include responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes, responding to traffic accidents, and apprehending, detaining and arresting suspects.