Commander of the Patrol's Recruitment Section
Assistant Recruitment Commander
Responsible for Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington counties. He is also responsible for out of state applicants.
Responsible for Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Geauga, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.
Tpr. Richard Milstead
Responsible for Adams, Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Madison, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Union and Warren counties.
Which recruiter should you contact?
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is a statewide law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and on state-owned or leased property within Ohio.
The Patrol is also responsible for vehicle inspections, school bus inspections, commercial vehicle weigh stations, conducting aircraft and vehicle crash investigations, and providing security for state facilities.
Troopers are expected to live by core values each day. Our "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 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 – a trooper 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 – It is imperative this core value be instilled 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.
From the ranks of its road troopers, the Patrol trains and maintains a number of officers in specialized law enforcement positions.
Among these are: plainclothes investigators; traffic and drug interdiction teams and canine officers; commercial enforcement coordinators, inspectors, and crash reconstructionists. The Patrol also maintains a special response team, comprised of troopers who are specially trained in weapons and chemical agent use, extraction techniques, and rapid response methods.
Strength: Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength are required to maintain high efficiency output and is contagious to everyone. Physical strength is definitely needed in our line of work, but so is emotional strength as we are called upon to deal with chaotic and tragic situations which often result in death and devastation. Spiritual strength is gained when we embrace an attitude and recognize the inspiration that comes from faith and confidence in a higher power, characterized by reverence for life, human dignity and freedom to worship. Empower yourself with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.
Courage:Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to justly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. The courage I am talking about is more than running up to a burning vehicle to remove the occupants while jeopardizing your own safety. Courage is also standing up for the truth, holding yourself and others accountable, pursing a daily commitment to excellence and exercising honesty in actions small and large.
Character:A distinguishing feature or attribute of an individual, group, or organization. Character refers especially to moral qualities, ethical standards and principles of a person or organization. Those foundational qualities that distinguish our organization such as honesty, integrity and professionalism that were established by those who came before us and will be handed down to those who will represent the Highway Patrol long after we are gone. Doing the right thing, for the right reason, all the time. It’s about doing the right thing when nobody is watching! Our challenge is to be men and women who consistently represent the highest moral character on and off duty.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism. The Patrol provides:
•Statewide traffic services to keep our roadways safe;
•Statewide emergency response services and support services to the public and the criminal justice community;
•Investigation of criminal activities on state-owned and leased property throughout Ohio, and;
•Security for the Governor and other dignitaries.
The Patrol is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which is administrated by a director who holds a cabinet-level position in state government. The commander of the Patrol holds the rank of Colonel and is referred to as the Superintendent. The superintendent is selected from the Patrol ranks upon the retirement or death of a predecessor. Although personnel strength varies, the Patrol maintains a uniformed complement of about 1,600 officers. In addition, about 1,000 support personnel, including load limit inspectors, motor vehicle inspectors, motor carrier enforcement inspectors, dispatchers, electronics technicians, and civilian specialists complete the Patrol's personnel strength. Ohio Investigative Unit agents report through the Patrol and trace the trail of alcohol after a fatal or serious injury crash, an OVI stop when the driver is highly intoxicated, or any stop where minors have been drinking. An all-volunteer auxiliary force, originally formed during World War II to assist officers after many entered the armed services, continues to donate thousands of hours of service to the citizens of Ohio.
Patrol General Headquarters is located in Columbus. The state is subdivided into eight districts. Each district is commanded by a captain and each post by a lieutenant. Training is conducted at the Patrol Academy, also located in Columbus.
From the ranks of its road troopers, the Patrol trains and maintains a number of officers in specialized law enforcement positions. Among these are: plainclothes investigators; traffic and drug interdiction teams and canine officers; commercial enforcement coordinators, inspectors, and crash reconstructionist. The Patrol also maintains a special response team, comprised of road troopers who are specially trained in weapons and chemical agent use, extraction techniques, and rapid response methods.
Routine operations are conducted almost exclusively from automobiles. However, the Patrol also utilizes SUV's, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters in the course of its duties. A fully equipped command vehicle, which can operate as a mobile patrol post, is maintained in a constant state of readiness to respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, and other emergencies requiring extended Patrol presence.
Field Training Officer
Mobile Field Force
Motor Vehicle Inspector
Special Response Team
And many more
“Not only do we have to be right, we have to look right.”
Colonel Robert M. Chiaramonte
“Proper training is the forerunner to success.”
Colonel Robert M. Chairmonte
“Excellence of character must saturate every portion of the trooper’s life.”
Colonel Tom Rice
“Integrity is an everyday, every situation quality.”
Colonel Tom Rice
“The nature of this job brings with it an appreciation of life.”
Colonel Tom Rice
“What will you do to contribute to a safer Ohio?”
Colonel John Born
If you have any questions, you may contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol Recruitment Section:
740 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2774
(614) 466-6019 or toll free