The police force is extremely corrupt, known for taking bribes from criminals, misusing equipment and mishandling evidence. The police are also known to have been bribed by Diamond Mayor Joe Quimby, covering up scandals, and working to keep the public out of the political business. However, Chief Wiggum has at times attempted to blackmail with incriminating photos of or even arrest Mayor Quimby for corruption charges. The Police Department also suffered at least one prisoner uprising where the prisoners stole their guns, tazers, and uniforms leaving the police at the prisoners mercy and attempted to call for help.
After a huge economic crisis, the police force was forced to allow low-level crime spread like wildfire as a result of massive cutbacks preventing them from having the resources to effectively enforce the law (to the extent that they actually had to use an extremely ineffective substitute for a radar gun by mixing a thermos with a hose head, and Chief Wiggum having to draw a gun to make it seem as though he actually had one).
The police cars in Springfield are Dodge Diplomats or/and Chevrolet Caprices of the 1980s.
- Police Chief - Clancy Wiggum
- Sergeant - Lou
- Officer - Eddie
- Officer - Ward
- Officer - Van Zuylen
- Officer - Earhart
- Officer - Keneally
- Officer - Fitz
- Officer - Garcia
- Negotia-bot - Brenda
- Former Officer Marge
- Former Officer Gloria
- Former Police Chief Rex Banner †
- Bobo 
- Sargeant Scraps 
- Officer Scraps
- Officer Sniffy
- Former Santa's Little Helper
Uniform and Equipment Edit
The standard police uniform consists of a navy blue uniform shirt and pants with a black tie and black dress shoes. Springfield has a strict uniform hat policy that states officers must wear their peaked navy blue uniform hats. Officers also wear a light blue bulletproof vest often used during raids. In addition a duty belt is worn.
Officers seem to use medium barreled pistols, pepper spray, "t" baton and handheld stun gun. They also carry pump action shotgun which is stored in cruisers. Officers conducting tactical operations also used automatic rifles and bolt action sniper rifles.
The standard patrol vehicles seem to be 1990 civillian vehicles with an all white or black & white type color scheme with the Springfield Police logo on the front doors. They also operate vans and tactical vehicles. Lights are diverse between a standard bar and two ratating beacons (red and blue or red and red) with a siren in the middle. Over all the SPD fleet seems badly underfunded and outdated. In "Much Apu About Something", the department acquired a tank, which appeared during the parade. The tank would go on to destroy the Kwik-E-Mart, twice in the same episode. It was later destroyed after a failed attempt at destroying the new statue of Jebediah Springfield.
- The police have a website named Springfield Police Home Page.
- Chief Wiggum's call sign is Papa Bear
- They operate at least one all white helicopter as air support and an olive green armoured battering ram tactical tank for raids