Springfield Police Department Encourages Those Seeking to Serve Their Community to Apply for 2022 Civil Service Police Exam


Springfield, Mass. — The Springfield Police Department is encouraging those interested in becoming a police officer for the City of Springfield to apply to take the 2022 Civil Service Police Officer Exam.

The exam application deadline is Jan. 18, 2022. To apply to take the exam, click here.

Applications received after the deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee. Applications will not be accepted after Feb. 1. Written exams are scheduled to begin March 16. Candidates must be 19 years of age on or before March 16 to take the exam.

Exams will be held at physical locations around the state. Applicants will receive an email two weeks before their scheduled exam date informing them of the time and location of their exam.

The Civil Service exam is held annually to establish a list of eligible candidates for entry-level police officer vacancies in municipal departments and MBTA Transit Police. The Springfield Police Department is a Massachusetts Civil Service department, therefore, anyone interested in becoming an officer with the department is required to take the written exam.

The exam consists of three aspects: the Written Ability Test, Work Styles Questionnaire and Life Experience Survey. The tests gauge cognitive abilities and skills, character attributes and experiences that will contribute to the prospective success of a police officer candidate. Candidates who receive a passing score of 70 on the written exam are then placed on the eligible list.

Though candidates’ scores are good for two years, the Civil Service exam can be taken annually. If candidates choose to take the exam annually, their most recent test score will be used for ranking on the eligible list.

“Policing is a meaningful career path, and we are always looking to have a wide and diverse pool of candidates who wish to have a positive impact on the safety and wellbeing of their community,” Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said. “The level of service that we are able to provide to the residents, business owners and visitors of the City of Springfield is directly tied to our ability to hire qualified individuals, and we encourage those who are interested to apply for the exam.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “We need you and here is your chance to be part of an honorable profession.  You can help us continue to reflect the diverse community of our Springfield.”

The Springfield Police Department will begin a search for new entry level officers off of the merged 2021 and 2022 Civil Service eligible list to attend the department’s police academy.

Eligibility requirements for the Municipal Police Officer Exam can be found here. Additional information about the exam process, as well as preparation guides and reading lists can be found here.