Police Officer

City of Springfield - Springfield, MO3.9

Full-time$17 - $31 an hour
Testing date for our 2020 Police Academy is September 20th, 2019.

Do you have a heart to serve, have an interest in the criminal justice field and want a meaningful and challenging career? The position of Police Officer requires courage, perseverance, compassion, responsibility, and trustworthiness. Does this describe you?

The Springfield Police Department is looking for outstanding civilians to be a dedicated and motivated servant for public safety as a Springfield Police Officer. The ideal candidate is someone who is committed to public service, making a positive impact on the community, and who is a person of integrity.

As a Springfield Police Officer, you'll have received quality training through the Academy to prepare you for the position. You will start off in patrol, responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and promoting the safety of the public and of fellow police officers. You will be a proactive member of our Department, engaging in community-oriented policing, traffic enforcement, and on occasion, special detail. SPD is one of the best agencies in Missouri for specialized assignments and promotional opportunities.

Through our paid Police Academy, you will develop skills to:
Understand and enforce the law in order to provide quality service and assist in our mission to reduce crime within the City of Springfield
Use modern policing methods to solve problems in our community while treating people fairly and with a helpful attitude
Hold yourself and others around you accountable using sound moral principles that earn the public trust, respect, and confidence of the community
Effectively communicate with citizens through active listening, compassion, and empathy
Selection Process
Applicants must successfully complete the following steps in the hiring process before being hired as a Springfield Police Recruit and go through our Police Academy:

Written Exam
Physical Agility Test
Background Investigation
Drug Screen*
Psychological Evaluation*
Medical Examination*
  • These examinations are completed after a conditional job offer is accepted.
This application must be submitted to determine your eligibility to take the written exam. If you've read through this information and you're not ready to apply, consider getting more information by talking to a recruiter.
Join the best of the best and start making a difference in the world, today!

Qualifications and Requirements:Experience, Education, and Training

Police Recruit

Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.

In addition, must possess 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university;

Class A POST certified peace officer or currently enrolled in a Class A POST program with successful passing of POST exam within six months of application deadline;

Two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge;

Possess a Missouri Class B certification as a peace officer plus at least two years of full time law enforcement experience within the last 5 years;

Possess 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus three years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet to enter the Academy.

Law enforcement experience and/or education preferred, but not required.
Additional Requirements

U.S. Citizen
21 years of age at commission
Excellent physical condition
No felony convictions
No conviction for domestic assault
No more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in the past three years
May not have two (2) moving violations from separate incidents within the past twelve months, or have been at fault in more than one (1) traffic crash/accident during the past twelve (12) 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 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
Police Officer (Lateral) 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)

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 calls for service, conducting preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes, responding to traffic accidents and apprehending, detaining and arresting suspects.

For more information on essential functions and other requirements for Police Recruit, please see the job description.

For more information on essential functions and other requirements for Police Officer, please see the job description.

Other Requirements:Testing & Selection Procedure Steps

Submit application
Be sure to attach, email (btyson@springfieldmo.gov), fax, or drop off documents showing you meet the minimum requirements. These can be unofficial copies.
Print and complete the Pre-Background Questionnaire found here.
Receive email notification with instructions to schedule for written exam
Schedule for written exam, set for August 16th.
Bring completed pre-background questionnaire to the written exam
Complete the written exam and physical agility test
Interviews will be scheduled immediately following the written exam for the following week
Go to scheduled interview
Background investigation will begin
Once the background investigation is completed, a conditional job offer can be made
The final steps after a conditional job offer is made include a drug test, medical exam, psychological evaluation, and polygraph before the job offer is confirmed.