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Cadet Internship


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The goal of Cadet Internship Program is to provide training and experience in the field of law enforcement to qualified college students who have a desire to pursue a career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The program is designed to provide the foundation the Cadet Intern will need to keep them involved and on the right ethical and professional path to transition into an Ohio State Highway Patrol Cadet.

Get yourself started in an exciting career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Applications are NOW being accepted. Apply today!

Please send an email message to oshpcadetintern@dps.ohio.gov or call 614 387 6083, with any questions or concerns.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Must successfully complete every step of the application process.

  • Applicant must be of good moral character.

  • Must become a resident of the State of Ohio.

  • Must be in a freshman, sophomore or junior status while enrolled in college and be able to enter an Academy Class before reaching their 35th birthday.

  • Must be enrolled in either a full time or part time status at an accredited university or college and be considered in good academic standing.

  • Must currently have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 while employed.

  • Must provide proof of grades and attendance each quarter and/or semester enrolled.

  • Must have a valid operator’s license with no more than 6 points currently on your driving record.

  • Graduating high school seniors can apply to the program once they have completed one semester at an accredited university of college.

 

Job Responsibilities


The Cadet Intern will:

  • Maintain a professional demeanor.

  • Demonstrate the Ohio State Highway Patrol Core Values.

  • Be required to complete the physical fitness assessment each month.

  • Successfully complete the Cadet Internship Training Manual with the assistance of the post mentor.

  • Learn the Division's structure, Mission Statement, Code of Conduct, Core Values, radio signals, criminal and traffic laws, proper cleaning techniques for equipment.

  • Assist post personnel with various administrative duties (e.g., filing, database entry, answering phones, greet visitors).

  • Operate the LEADS terminal.

  • Assist at various events, OVI checkpoints and traffic accidents.

  • Assist the Commercial and Salvage Inspection Teams and Court Liaison Officer.

  • Participate in community programs.

  • Perform post maintenance duties.

  • Ensure care of patrol cars.

  • Assist Field Recruiters in college and high school career days, applicant contacts and speech details.

  • Participate in the Cadet Internship Ride-Along Program with the post mentor.

 

CADET INTERNS HAVE NO AUTHORITY NOR POLICE POWERS

 

  • Cadet Interns will NOT perform the duties of a trooper.

  • At NO time are Cadet Interns allowed to make arrests, issue citations, or confront persons suspected of criminal behavior.

  • Cadet Interns DO NOT carry firearms.

 

Working Conditions

 

  • The Cadet Intern will work varied hours of day or night, weekends, and during inclement weather.

  • The Cadet Intern will work with a post mentor.

  • The Cadet Intern will work with the post commander to determine the number of hours they can work. This will be dependent upon the Cadet Intern’s course schedule.

  • The Cadet Intern must be enrolled as a full or part-time student the majority of the academic year.

 

How long do I have to stay in the Cadet Internship Program?


Cadet Interns must show successful progression throughout the training program before entering an Academy class.  Cadet Interns, who are younger than 21 years of age, can enter an Academy class as long as they turn 21 years old before they are commissioned as a State Trooper.

 

Salary


Cadet Interns will work between 10 to 39 hours per week at post locations throughout the State and paid $14.72 per hour.

 

What is the Highway Patrol’s Policy regarding tattoos and body art?


The Ohio State Highway Patrol has an appearance standards policy that includes information to address tattoos and body art. The policy reads "All uniformed employees, shall not have any visible tattoos, brandings, or body art while wearing any class of issued uniform. Optional wear uniform items or any other item that would cover/conceal a visible tattoo, branding, or body art may not be used in order to comply with the standard.” Applicants who have tattoos or body art that fit these criteria will be required to have them removed prior to the completion of the background phase in order to continue in the application process. Applicants can then begin the application process only if they are willing to have tattoos removed.