Police Officer Training Program

The Springfield Police Department periodically recruits men and women to serve as Police Officers.

The City of Springfield and The Springfield Police Department are equal opportunity employer's and take pride in their diversified work force.

Mission Statement:

To provide public safety and to contribute to the quality of life for the citizens of the City of Springfield by protecting, serving and working with the community to develop philosophies which promote equity and establish partnership between citizens and police to enhance law enforcement, aid in prevention of crime, and preserve the public peace.    Commissioner John R. Barbieri


  • Must be at least 21 years of age on date of exam
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must have a High School Diploma, GED, or Equivalency Certificate approved by Mass Department of Education
  • Must have no felony convictions and  be of good moral character
  • Must have a valid Massachusetts Driver's license
  • Must be able to pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT) Human Resources Department (HRD) medical exam required


The Police Department gives Springfield resident’s preference when appointing Police Officers. Springfield residents must have lived in the city one year prior to exam and comply with HRD residency requirements. You do not need to be a resident of Springfield to apply.


Springfield Police Officers are entrusted with responsibility to keep our city safe from crime and corruption. History of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance and one's background will be looked at very closely. Candidates who have unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired.

You will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include but is not limited to the following:

  • Past behavior and the choices you have made must show positive traits that will support your candidacy for a police officer.

  • Possess a high standard of honesty and integrity

  • Must have a history of lawful conduct

  • History of making responsible choices regarding use of drugs and alcohol

  • Financial and Driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior

  • Physical and Psychological test and /or evaluation


Firearms and uniforms are provided with an additional annual uniform allowance provided for maintenance and cleaning.

Health and Dental Plan:

Eligible for police officers and family members in which the City of Springfield contributes.

Pension Plan:

City has an independent pension system to which both the employee and the city contributes.

Work Incentive Program:

Limited use of sick leave provides three periods per year for payments of one hundred dollars.


Employees will receive for new hire (2 weeks)

  • Five years      (3 weeks)

  • Ten years       (4 weeks)

  • Fifteen years   (5 weeks)

  • Twenty years  (6 weeks)

Court Time:

Minimum payment of four hours at the overtime rate for a court appearance on a scheduled day off

Overtime (Holiday):

Overtime service on a holiday specified shall be compensated at the rate of double the straight time hourly rate.

Extra Work Detail:

Officers are compensated at the rate of one and one half times the officer's regular hourly rate of pay with a minimum of four hours.

Deferred Compensation:

Program is voluntary and allows employees to set aside income through payroll deduction that is tax deferred.

Drug and Alcohol Testing:

The Springfield Police Department requires drug testing. The purpose of this program is to establish the fact that the department and its employees have the right to a drug free environment in the workplace.


Group, life and term insurance are available at the employee's expense. Supplemental insurance is also available.

Job Opportunities:

Patrol Officers - Investigate crimes, make arrests, patrol communities, work with community beat management teams to solve problems, mediate disputes, attend community meetings, investigates traffic accidents, and provide general police services.

Advancement Opportunities

All Officers start in patrol but , there are numerous promotional opportunities from Sergeant to Deputy Chief through competitive and appointive processes  through Civil Service exams.

Specialized Assignments

 Motorcycle Officers, Bicycle Officers, K-9 Dog Handlers, SWAT Tactical Teams, Street Crime Units, Student Support Units, Juvenile/Domestic Violence Unit (Family Services), Vice, Homicide, and Traffic Accident investigations, and the Special Victims Unit.

Lateral Officer Program

Candidates must meet all requirements as per Human Resources Department (HRD) which will include an extensive testing process, and an abbreviated training and orientation program. Background and Interview process as well as a Physical fitness test, Medical examination, Psychological Evaluation and Drug Screening is required. Prior work history will also be reviewed.

Personal Rewards:

  • Being a role model in law enforcement and a leader in the community.
  • Experiencing things that most people will never see or do in a lifetime.
  • Making a difference in a person’s life is the most rewarding aspect of the job.

  • Having a profession that serves the community to provide  assurance, stability and peace of mind.

For more information on becoming a police officer, please refer to the following resources.

1. MA Police Departments on Initial (at-hire) Medical and Physical Fitness Standards
2. EB Jacobs: Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery Assessment Preparation Guide

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The Springfield Police Dept. is an equal opportunity employer

Community Oriented Policing is a priority at the SPD

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Former cadets have become successful Police Officers at the SPD.

New faces of the SPD

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Page last updated:  Monday, March 19, 2018 12:15 pm