Colonel's Letter
Colonel David W. Dicken

We need to change. We do not advocate change for the sake of change, but rather, a course correction that helps us do what we do best.

Fortunately, we are building on many successes. Our major operational program, 24/7, which began in 2006, will conclude at the end of 2010. We are very encouraged that we will meet our goals. This type of organizational success is a team effort. All employees, from the sworn ranks to professional staff, are to be commended for their tireless efforts.

From an administrative perspective, we can do better. Everything our Division does administratively must target greater support to the field – no exceptions.

The first few months of 2010 have been very industrious; Command and Senior Staff have implemented a variety of changes aimed at placing resources in the field and streamlining processes.

Morale is high – and for a good reason. The Division has been very productive in the last few months. The agency is talking, thinking and producing.

Voices are being heard. The Equipment Committee has just recommended the purchase of a new service weapon. We hope to begin the acquisition process by mid-May. The Labor/Management Committee is reviewing important issues. Most notably, the promotion process is under review. Refinements are being made as they are found. The Strategic Planning Committee is forming. Many extraordinary ideas are being developed and some major new programming, as well as strategic direction, will be announced in the autumn of 2010.

Paperwork and outmoded practices are being eliminated. The Staff Inspection process is being completely reinvented. Mock inspections are already occurring to validate testing and auditing. Only topics that are necessary, important and meaningful are being included in the new inspection program. This will remove unnecessary work by post personnel and afford more time for important operational areas.

Partnerships have never been stronger. The Senior Staff is working directly in field operations. The Ohio State Troopers’ Association is actively involved in committees and programs. Our relationships with our partners in law enforcement are positive and productive.

The relationship between the Superintendent and Director’s Offices has never been better. Barriers no longer exist. The Division is an equal partner in every arena. But make no mistake, we control our finances, employees, promotion and discipline processes, media, staffing and overall operations.

Harmony and concert of actions are the hallmarks of these relationships.

This generation of leadership understands the critical importance of required organizational change. We choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are necessary to ensure the continued success of the Patrol.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is excited about the many positive changes that have already occurred.

The winds of change are blowing and you will see more change in the months and years ahead. Be assured that everything we do will be done to strengthen the agency and meet the needs of Ohio.

Colonel David W. Dicken

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