Cadet Training Program

What is the Cadet Training Program?

The Springfield Police Department Cadet Program is an on-the-job training program for individuals interested in a career in law enforcement. Cadet candidates must pass a qualifying examination to be eligible to be accepted into the cadet program.

Job Responsibilities

Cadets perform a variety of routine duties some of which are:

  • Completing Clerical and Administrative duties
  • Recording Daily Reports
  • Assisting with Fingerprinting
  • Processing Arrests, Restraining Orders, and City Tows

In short, cadets perform all department administrative functions except those that require actual police powers and authority.

Benefits of the Program

Along with specialized cadet training, benefits of the program include:

  • Paid Vacation
  • Holiday and Sick Leave Provisions
  • Uniforms
  • Flexible Work Schedule

Initial pay scale: $16.50/hour ($618.75/week);  after one year: $18/hour ($675/week); after two years: $19.50/hour ($731.25/week)

Police cadets who have completed at least three years of service, have obtained an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and/or Criminal Justice, and meet the requirements are eligible for an appointment to the Springfield Police Department as a Police Officer.

Application Procedure

The registration period is March 28 through May 14, 2022, inclusive.  The exam date is May 21, 2022.
Step 1: Verify that you satisfy the minimum criteria noted below.


  • Must become a resident of the City of Springfield, Massachusetts within one year from date of hire.
  • Citizen of the United States of America.
  • Must be between the ages of 17 ½ and 23 years of age on the date of the examination.
  • Be of good moral character, without any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
  • Present a high school diploma or school counselor letter stating that the applicant will be graduating at the end of the current year.
  • Must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth prior to being appointed.
  • Must be capable of passing a physical examination equal to that necessary for appointment as a Police Officer in the Commonwealth.
  • Must enroll in a college program and be awarded an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice or equivalent number of credits awarded in a four-year program before completion of the Cadet Program.
Step 2: Fill in the Cadet Exam Registration Form, and select the Submit button on the form.

If you encounter problems with the process, please send an email message to  In the body of the email message, please include your full name, address, cellphone number, home telephone number, email address, and a statement that you meet the age eligibility requirement.

Please note: The guide provides several sample exam questions.  The questions on the actual exam will be similar to the sample questions, but will not be the same questions.

Step 4: Frequently monitor your email inbox for further instructions. All further communications from the Springfield Police Department will be by email.