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Meet the Park District Police Department

The Springfield Park District Police Department is the primary Law Enforcement Agency for all of Springfield’s parks, trails, and facilities that are owned or operated by the Springfield Park District. The Park District Police Department’s primary duties are to preserve the peace, protect life and property, and enforce the laws of Illinois and the ordinances of the Springfield Park District within the Park System.

The Springfield Park District employs both full-time and part-time Police Officers. Full-time Officers have attended a Police Academy certified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and have completed over 480 hours of training. Part-time Officers have also attended a Police Academy certified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and have completed over 400 hours of training. Both full-time and part-time Officers must undergo continuing education training every year as well as qualify with their firearms quarterly.

The Springfield Park District Police Department subscribes to a community policing, customer-service based philosophy. The department's mission statement and main mission are proudly displayed on our new vehicles, “To Protect and Serve in our Parks”.

On our honor, we will never betray our integrity, our character, or the public trust. We will always have the courage to hold ourselves and others accountable for our actions. We will always maintain the highest ethical standards and uphold the values of our community, and the agency we serve...

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor

Chief of Park Police

Patrick Murphy



Steve Dahlkamp

Office: 217-698-6030


Craig Kennedy

Office: 217-698-6030


Zach Rinaberger

Office: 217-698-6030


Mark Mason

Office: 217-698-6030


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Close up of Park Police's New Electric Car.

Park District Police Go Green!

With gas well over $5 a gallon, our Ford Fusion Energi electric-powered patrol car is saving tax dollars every day. We're proud to have the first EV patrol unit in the region and it's getting plenty of use.

Children opening presents at Camp LEAP

Santa's Helpers Make a Special Visit at Special Recreation's Camp L.E.A.P!

Every holiday season, the Park District Police become real-life Santas and bring bundles of joy and festive cheer to the Special Recreation Camp L.E.A.P. Dedicated officers don their Santa hats and team up to create magical moments for the campers, turning the holiday into a season of warmth, laughter, and unforgettable memories.