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The Springfield Police Department is seeking to hire the most qualified men and women, including those with current police officer experience. If you would like to work for a professional organization that values your dedication and invests in your development, we encourage you to join our team. Our training programs are known across the region for their excellence and our officers have career opportunities to be in a variety of special assignments. Additionally, the City provides an excellent benefit package.

We are looking for police officer candidates who are ready to take the challenge and join one of Missouri’s premiere law enforcement agencies.

  • 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.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. In addition, must possess 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university; or Class A POST certified peace officer; or two years of active duty military service with honorable discharge; or 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; or possess 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university plus three years of experience as a Springfield Police Cadet to enter the Academy. For complete listing of job requirements, see the section below. There are additional requirements for the Lateral Hire Program. 

Salary Range:  $16.57 – $28.35 per hour

Regular Academy Pay:  Starting salary is $16.57 per hour

Lateral Hire Academy Pay:  Starting pay for lateral hires is discretionary and based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, years of law enforcement service, law enforcement assignments, special training and agency size. The starting pay range for Lateral Hires is $17.42 -$22.64 per hour.

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Officer Jon Conklin

SPD Recruiter
Phone: 417-864-1796

RECRUITThe Springfield Police Department is hosting informational seminars for anyone interested in becoming a police officer with the SPD.

The seminars will each be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 and again on March 14, at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

Attendees will learn about the entire testing process which includes the physical agility test, written examination, oral interview, background investigation and post-offer exam. Attendance at this seminar is not mandatory for future applicants, but the information provided may prove to be helpful to them during the testing process.

The SPD has also recently begun offering quarterly virtual Q&A sessions with Officer Jon Conklin, resource management officer, using an app from Twitter called Periscope. This app allows the department to broadcast live video to any users in the world while also allowing followers to type in comments or questions during the broadcast. SPD can be found on the Periscope app at @SGFPolice. Check back for updates to find out about the next virtual Q&A session with Officer Conklin.

More information about the testing process can be found on the City Jobs page or by contacting Officer Jon Conklin at 417-864-1796 or JConklin@springfieldmo.gov.

  • Must possess high school diploma or GED;
  • Possess 60 semester hours from accredited college of university; OR
  • Class A MO POST certifications; 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 more than one DWI conviction; and no DWI conviction in the past three years
  • May not have in excess of two moving violations from separate incidents within the past twelve months, or have been at fault in tow traffic crashes/accidents during the past three years,
  • 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

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.

NOTE: Candidates must submit documentation of college transcripts, certifications, and/or military DD-214, etc. in order to receive credit for meeting specific qualification.

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

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 18 months from the date the candidate attained eligibility status. If a candidate wants to be eligible after his/ her 18 month eligibility as 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.