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In 1993 the Patrol produced a history book. That book, no longer in print, is available here.
In 2008, the Patrol, as a part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, produced a second history book . That book, no longer in print, is available below.
These "Core Values" are what make an Ohio State trooper what he or she is. They are simple, yet very important, and are the foundation upon which a new trooper can become a consummate public servant. The core values of the Highway Patrol are:
Honesty - The single most reliable mark of a trooper's value is to be able to admit when he/she is wrong and go forward
Sense of Urgency - Troopers realize the importance of prompt response to crashes and other calls for service.
Attention to Detail - If it is worth doing, it's worth doing thoroughly. Attention to detail is the mark of a good public servant.
Team Oriented - Members of the Patrol -- and members of the law enforcement community in general -- are a team, of which the individual components are not as valuable as the whole.
Professionalism - Being professional means being punctual, courteous, prepared, and well-groomed. It also means having and showing respect for every person a trooper encounters.
Adaptability - Troopers must maintain flexibility with a high degree of performance. A trooper's job is never the same from one day to the next -- s/he must be able to make changes and still perform the job to the highest degree.
Self-Discipline - or stated another way, Accountability. Every trooper must recognize what job needs to be done, and then do that job well. Law enforcement officers have a responsibility to those they serve to be accountable for their actions.
Performance Driven - Being performance driven means working hard. Troopers are driven to perform because success is measured in both quantity and quality. We are constantly reminded of our department mission...to save lives, reduce injuries and economic losses on the streets and highways of Ohio.
Officer Safety - This is the final core value that we instill in our troopers. They must maintain a high level of awareness in every situation. In order to carry on the fine tradition of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, these core values are instilled into each and every one of our new recruits, and continually reinforced to all of our officers.