Police Officer (New Recruits and Laterals)

Springfield, MO
Springfield Police Department

Salary: $47,195.20 Annually.

Closing Date: 3/15/2024.

Position Summary:

As a Springfield Police Recruit, you’ll have received quality training through the Academy to prepare you for the position of Police Officer. After graduating the Academy, 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.

Essential Functions:

  1. Responds to radio dispatched calls for service according to the Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s).
  2. Observes, analyzes and evaluates situations to determine appropriate action according the SOG’s.
  3. Monitors and directs traffic and crowd control activities and intervenes as necessary to preserve the peace.
  4. Arrests, detains, and apprehends a variety of suspects by use of necessary physical means.
  5. Conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations of crimes and traffic incidents, interviews witnesses, collects and preserves evidence.
  6. Performs prolonged walking or standing while patrolling on foot.
  7. Pursues suspects on foot involving running, climbing, jumping and maneuvering under, over and around obstacles.
  8. Cares for injured and administers basic emergency medical aid.
  9. Reads, interprets and enforces federal and state laws as well as municipal ordinances.
  10. Operates police department vehicles and equipment including automobiles, vans, and trucks as well as other specialized equipment such as mobile computer terminals.
  11. Prepares and presents clear and accurate written and oral reports either handwritten or computer generated.
  12. Participates in in-service training.
  13. Testifies in court when required.
  14. Administers breathalyzer tests on suspected intoxicated persons in compliance with statutes and ordinances.
  15. Observes, retains, and recalls people, places, and situations in detail.
  16. Applies community-oriented policing techniques regarding dispute mediation, conflict resolution, analysis of neighborhood problems, behavior management, and crime prevention.
  17. Performs self-initiated activities such as traffic stops and citizen contacts in accordance with department goals.


  • Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.
  • Must possess 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 active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
  • Four years of honorable military service in national guard or armed forces reserves.
  • 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.
  • Two years experience as a Police Service Representative.
  • Two years of experience as a 911 dispatcher and/or telecommunicator.
  • 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 head, face or neck tattoos.

Preferred Requirements:

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