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To prepare to become a Springfield Police Officer you must first meet the minimum qualifications which include:
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 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 visible tattoos 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.
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. Candidates must submit copies of supporting documentation to meet specific qualification: College transcripts; certifications, and/or military DD-214, etc.
In accordance with City Merit Rules, “Continuous Recruitment” has been declared for the Police Officer job classification. Based on the notice of “Continuous Recruitment”, applications received as a result of this posting process will be considered on a continual basis until such time the Director of Human Resources terminates the “Continuous Recruitment” process.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 the Springfield Police Department based upon rank, irrespective of dates on which the testing and selection process occurred.
Once a candidate has attained eligibility status, his or her name may remain on the Eligible List for a period of no longer than eighteen (18) months from the date the candidate attained his/her eligibility status. If a candidate desires to become eligible after his/her eighteen (18) months of eligibility has expired, he or she must participate in the testing and interview processes again in order to maintain eligibility and as long as the “Continuous Recruitment” process has not been terminated.
Lateral candidates must possess a Missouri POST Class A license (if a candidate does not possess a Missouri POST Class A license, but does possess a law enforcement certification through another state, he or she may participate in the testing process while seeking reciprocity through Missouri POST.)
The Springfield Police Department is very selective when hiring its new Officers. The most desirable candidates will possess a clean criminal record and meet all of the other requirements. Candidates who have a felony conviction; more than one DWI; a DWI in the past three years; used an illegal controlled substance within in the last three years; or have had more than one traffic accident in the past twelve months will not be considered eligible for the position.