Police Division Recruitment

About the Recruitment Process

The Springfield Police Division accepts new recruits in two ways: Lateral Entry and Civil Service Entry. If you hold a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate and are currently employed by an approved law enforcement agency, you may qualify for the lateral entry process. If you do not have a current Ohio Peace Officers Training Certificate and are not currently employed by an approved law enforcement agency, you must go through a civil service exam.


Applicants must possess the ability to work with a substantial element of personal risk and exercise sound independent judgment; the ability to use interpersonal skills to manage conflicts; the ability to be trained to use firearms and other weapons; the ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully with respect to the rights of others; the ability to write complete and accurate reports; and the ability to withstand accident and violent situations while maintaining stability of performance.

  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • Eyesight: 20/20 corrected.
  • Weight in proportion to height.
  • Must possess the physical ability to perform consistently and promptly to all duties of the position.

Special Requirements of Work:

  • All employees of the Police Division must reside within Clark county or any county adjacent to Clark county.
  • Must hold a valid, unrestricted Ohio Driver’s license.
  • Must complete: Ohio Peace Officer Training (17 weeks).
  • In-house training (8 weeks).
  • Field training (13 weeks).
  • Must become licensed by the Department of Health to administer Blood Alcohol Tests.
  • Must maintain other certifications as required.
  • 40 hour work week including nights, weekends and holidays on an assigned shift and on demand.

How to Apply

The City of Springfield is NOT currently taking applications for police positions. 

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