- Why SPD?
- Qualify & Apply
- Our Academy
- Testing & Selection
- Travel & Relocation Assistance
- Pay & Benefits
Top Notch Benefits
Officers enjoy 100% paid Health insurance, generous leave time, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement & more. Our 100% paid retirement program is the most robust option through MO LAGERS. Check out all of our benefits here.
SPD has a strong relationship with the community, built on a foundation of transparency and mutual respect. We are committed to providing quality service to our community through personal integrity, fairness, open communication and a helpful attitude.
Paid Academy & Ongoing Training
SPD values and prioritizes training and offers one of the best programs in the state. This includes the Academy for new Officers and on-going training for career development and growth across the department.
SPD is unique in that we run our own police academy; Recruits are hired by the City and are paid and receive benefits during the 6-month academy. Upon graduation you will receive an immediate pay raise. New Police Officers also have 13 weeks of field training with experienced Field Training Officers. Click "Our Academy" to learn more.
We offer a diverse array of special assignment and promotional opportunities including Investigations, Crime Analysis, Community Policing, University assignments, Training and more.
All candidates must possess high school diploma or GED.
Additionally, any of the following options fulfill the necessary qualifications to test with us:
- 30 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 experience as a Police Services Representative;
- Two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge;
- Four years of honorable military service in national guard or armed forces reserves;
- Missouri Class B certification as a peace officer plus at least two years of full time law enforcement experience within the last 5 years;
Additional requirements include the following:
See Police Recruit Job Description for more information.
See information on Police Lateral qualifications.
Our Academy prepares you for a successful career serving and protecting the Springfield community, and has been recognized as one of the best programs in the state. We are unique in that we run our own Police Academy; Recruits are paid employees of the City and receive benefits during the 6-month long academy. Upon graduation, you will become a Police Officer and automatically receive a pay raise. New Police Officers also receive 13 weeks of field training with experienced Field Training Officers.
Our experienced and professional training staff will equip you with modern policing tactics, prepare you to obtain and maintain your POST certification, and provide an in-depth understanding of local and state law. Our Academy is both mentally and physically demanding, with a balance of hands-on training, classroom work, and physical fitness.
Our Police Academy is recognized by several local colleges, and offers transferrable General Study credits to Officers who wish to pursue a degree during their career.
Questions? Contact Officer Anderson.
The selection process includes the following elements:
- Written exam
- Physical agility test
- Background investigation
- Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must then complete post-offer testing including a polygraph examination, pre-employment drug testing, a medical examination and a psychological evaluation.
Review our interview advice here.
Candidates will perform a series of linked exercises that simulate necessary job functions of the Police Officer position and shall include but not be limited to the following:
- 100 meter sprint
- Pushing a vehicle 15 feet
- Vertical jump
- 6-foot wall climb
- 3-foot wall climb
- Window climb
- Dummy drag
- Subject resistance
- Stair climb
- Trigger pull
The above series of job simulated exercises will take place on a continuous 1/2-mile course where the candidate will run or continuously move throughout the course. Candidates must successfully engage all tasks associated with each exercise on the course. The 1/2-mile course must be completed in a maximum time of 7:05.
Preparing for Testing
This test shall be considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test. Prepare both physically and mentally for the test.
- Come recovered, with at least 24-48 hours from any other physical activity prior to this testing.
- Hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing.
- Consume a light meal 1-2 hours prior to the physical agility testing, so you have adequate energy levels to help facilitate a better performance.
- Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended (7-8 hours of sleep).
Candidates who pass all phases of the selection process will be confirmed to start with the next scheduled SPD Academy. SPD typically runs two, six-month academies per year.
SPD is unique in that we run our own academy; Recruits are paid employees of the City, and receive benefits during the academy. Upon graduation, Police Recruits move to Police Officers and receive an automatic pay raise. New Officers also receive 13 weeks of field training with a Field Training Officer.
We welcome candidates from near and far and strive to make the testing and relocation process easier. If you are considering relocating, click here to learn about our wonderful community.
To help with costs incurred from traveling to participate in entry testing, travel vouchers are provided.
|Distance Traveled||Travel Assistance Provided|
|50-150 miles||$50 travel voucher|
|150 miles or more||$125 travel voucher|
and 1 overnight hotel accommodation
Follow-up Testing and Post Offer
During the post-offer phase of the Officer selection process, on-site testing is required such as a polygraph and psychological examination. Testing is coordinated and accommodations are made so that the least amount of travel is required of our candidates. Additional assistance is available to help with costs incurred for both Police Recruits and Lateral Officer candidates.
|Distance traveled||Travel Assistance Provided|
|150 miles or more||$125 travel voucher per visit|
and 1 overnight hotel accommodation
|50-150 miles||$50 travel voucher per visit|
We love welcoming new Officers to our wonderful community. To make things easier, we offer relocation reimbursement. This benefit is offered to both new Recruits and Lateral Officer candidates.
|Distance Traveled||Reimbursement Amount|
|50-150 miles||Up to $1,000|
|150-300 miles||Up to $3,000|
|300 miles or more||Up to $5,000|
Police Recruits start at $44,720 during the 6-month Academy.
Upon graduation, Police Recruits become Police Officers and receive an automatic pay increase to $49,192.
Each year, with a satisfactory evaluation, Officers receive a pay increase.
Below is each step in our pay scale.
|Annual Rate of Pay|
|Police Recruits, starting:||$44,720.00|
|Police Officers, starting:||$49,192.00|
Lateral Officer pay information can be found here.