Police Officer Recruit

Springfield, TN
Springfield Police Department

Salary: $20.52 – $28.26 per hour.

Closing Date: December 31, 2024.

Position Summary:

Perform protective service work under general direction and supervision.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols, by vehicle or foot, the streets of the city, business establishments, and residential areas to observe for traffic violations, safety hazards, and suspicious or criminal activity.
  2. Investigates accident scenes involving persons or property.
  3. Responds to calls for service regarding property theft, domestic disputes, vandalism, homicides, suicides, prowlers, assaults, burglaries, rapes, shootings, etc. and resolves calls in accordance with state and federal law, local ordinance, and/or departmental policy.
  4. Issues citations for traffic and parking violations.
  5. Serves warrants and makes arrests.
  6. Investigates suspected crimes and pursues appropriate course(s) of action.
  7. Maintains appropriate records regarding warrants, investigations, arrests, etc.
  8. Testifies in court and at various legal proceedings.
  9. Directs and controls traffic as needed.
  10. Assists motorists with various activities including stalled vehicles.
  11. Serve as police escort for security reasons or for funerals.
  12. Operate and maintain all law enforcement equipment.
  13. Assist other departments or agencies with law enforcement activities.
  14. Attends annual and specialized training classes.
  15. Performs other related tasks as required.


  1. High school diploma, some experience in police work desirable.
  2. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  3. Be a citizen of the United States.
  4. Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances, and not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  5. Have his/her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of investigation.
  6. Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the city.
  7. Be free of all apparent mental disorders as determined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-II) of the American Psychiatric Association. Applicants must be certified as meeting these criteria by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or psychological fields.
  8. Must be capable of completing a POST-approved law enforcement training academy with a satisfactory score in all fields including firearms qualifications, physical training, and defensive techniques within one year of hire date. Must be able to obtain POST-certification in the State of Tennessee.
  9. Must possess a valid Class D driver license issued by the State of Tennessee.
  10. Must pass a thorough background investigation and polygraph examination.
  11. Must also pass a drug screen, psychological evaluation, physical agility test, and physical examination based on the essential functions of the job given by the city’s designated physician.