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The Administrative Office of the Superintendent assists in setting the strategic direction of the Ohio State Highway Patrol by coordinating operational functions, administrative functions, special projects and events. Three professional staff members work with the Colonel and two Lieutenant Colonels in General Headquarters, where they can easily collaborate with all sections, units and field locations. back to top
The Public Information Office is responsible for supervising, coordinating and facilitating public relations and information for the Patrol, including the website and social media platforms. The office coordinates media interviews and serves as the media liaison for the Patrol. In addition, the office develops and implements ongoing public affairs programs with local posts and the community to communicate the goals of the Patrol. back to top
Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation
A Force-Multiplier for Ohio Law Enforcement
The Ohio State Highway Patrol maintains an Aviation Section consisting of 15 uniformed officer-pilots, two American Eurocopter turbine-powered helicopters, and 14 Cessna airplanes.
The primary mission of Patrol pilots is enforcement of traffic safety laws and to assist motorists. In addition, the Aviation Section conducts:
• Aerial searches, often utilizing the Forward-Looking Infra-Red – or FLIR;
• Photo missions;
• Marijuana location and eradication missions;
• Enforcement of school bus and railroad crossing violations;
• Operation TRIAD – which stands for Targeting Reckless, Intimidating, and Aggressive Drivers – where "road rage" and aggressive driving types of violations are occurring; and concentrated following too closely enforcement details;
• Emergency transportation; and
• Technical service for aircraft crash investigations and enforcement of laws governing air traffic.
All aircraft are equipped with programmable NAT police radios. These radios can be programmed to communicate with any police agency. Also, all aircraft are equipped with MARCS radios, which are part of Ohio’s 800-megaherz law enforcement and first responder radio and data communication network.
Nearly every type of aviation service performed by Patrol pilots is also available to other law enforcement agencies by request. Whether for traffic enforcement, the need for FLIR for an ongoing search, platform for aerial photographs, evidence relays from remote locations, or personnel transport, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Aviation section is a tremendous asset to law enforcement throughout the state. To request Patrol aviation services, contact the Columbus Communication Center at (614) 466-2660.
Traffic Enforcement from the Air
With over 1,000 traffic fatalities occurring annually on Ohio roads, Patrol pilots are an integral piece of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing goal of significantly reducing traffic fatalities on Ohio roads.
The value of traffic enforcement from the air is pilots are essentially taking a speed evaluation of a vehicle over an entire mile, which is different than the officer on the ground using a laser and getting a speed at a specific moment in time, or a short tracking period through radar. Also, observing a vehicle over a mile distance allows the pilot to pick out the more severe or aggressive driving violations.
Since the late 1990s, Targeting Reckless, Intimidating, and Aggressive Drivers, called TRIAD, has been the Patrol’s comprehensive enforcement and media relations program focused on the most dangerous drivers on Ohio roads. It is a collective enforcement effort involving the Highway Patrol, local law enforcement agencies, and the media for public awareness
The program is generally conducted in and around metropolitan areas because that is often where the most egregious aggressive driving violations occur. These behaviors include excessive speed, erratic lane changing, and following too closely. Aviation works in conjunction with several ground officers at the same time results in an efficient enforcement method.
Enforcement of School Bus and Railroad Crossing Violations
A primary advantage to using aircraft for assistance in these problem areas is the difficulty of enforcing these violations for an officer on the ground. For the officer on the ground to see the violation occurring, the violator will also probably visually be aware of the officer, making detection of the violation more difficult. For example, if there is a patrol car following the bus, or going in the opposite direction, very infrequently will someone pass by the bus stop sign.
Officers trying to enforce railroad crossing violations from the ground face similar limitations. If an officer is sitting on the other side of railroad tracks waiting for a violator to go across the track illegally, a person is probably not going to illegally cross the tracks with the officer visible.
Aerial Searches, Including Assistance to other Agencies, Including FLIR
Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) can be an effective tool for searching for fleeing traffic violators or other fugitives on the run. It can also be used to help search for an Alzheimer patient who walked away from a patient care facility, a child who wandered away from his or her home or neighborhood, members of the public who are long-overdue arriving at a destination, and mentally disabled people who may have left their care facility.
The majority of FLIR-related requests for Patrol services come from county sheriff’s offices and local police departments. These types of requests can greatly reduce man hours when conducting search missions. Patrol aircraft can “clear” a large search area much quicker than ground operations.
The benefits of having this type of aerial detection, which is available to the law enforcement community, not only deters this type of crime, but also enhances relations between the Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in the state. The Highway Patrol also has an active program with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I).
Marijuana plants can be easy to detect from the air, depending on the venue in which they are planted. Coloration differences and geometric planting and growing patterns on the ground alert pilots to the probability of marijuana plants being grown among other agricultural crops.
Services Available to other Law Enforcement Agencies
Nearly every type of aviation service performed by Patrol pilots is also available by request to other law enforcement agencies. Whether for traffic enforcement, need for FLIR for an ongoing search, platform for aerial photographs, evidence relays from remote locations, personnel transport, the Patrol has a very open policy about offering aviation support and services to any agency in the state that could benefit.
Patrol pilots can assist agencies with access to any area where “birds eye view” photographs would help document a scene for evidence or prosecution purposes. Aerial photographs help better document crime and crash scenes, and can give any type of investigation another documentation perspective.
The Patrol’s Caravan aircraft is equipped with a state of the art surveillance package allowing covert day or night surveillance of persons or objects on the ground. Along with the ability to view and record this information, the technology provides the opportunity to microwave down-link images digitally to one or multiple ground-based receivers, allowing on-scene commanders to make tactical decisions based upon real time information.
The surveillance package and camera on the Caravan aircraft allows pilots to perform surveillance operations up to an altitude of 9,000 feet. The technology is similar to that used by broadcast television stations for live news and sports coverage. The Caravan is instrumental in the state's ongoing homeland security efforts, including a focused initiative intended to enhance northern border security. back to top
The Patrol's security presence in state-owned or leased properties took on a new significance and level of commitment after 9/11. Since shortly after the attacks, state troopers have maintained a highly-visible presence in the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Government Center and the Rhodes State Office Tower, as well as the Ohio Judicial Center, which houses the Ohio Supreme Court. The four buildings, referred to as "the campus" by our Capitol Operations Unit, represent the heart of Ohio government. While some agencies have offices in other locations in Columbus, these four buildings are, for all intents and purposes the home of Ohio government. As such, they are often the site of protests, rallies and demonstrations concerning a wide variety of issues. With these events often comes intense media coverage which, at times, has reached across the world. The responsibility for providing security at these four buildings, which are home to approximately 6,500 employees every work day, rests on the shoulders of our Capitol Operations Unit. Their combined efforts are even more daunting when one takes into account that on any given work day, more than 30,000 people work in the downtown area contiguous to these four buildings.
The Patrol's explosive detection canines are also assigned to the Capitol Operations Unit. back to top
The Crash Reconstruction unit provides technical crash assistance and expert testimony in criminal and civil cases resulting from crashes investigated by the Division, as well as many other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. They are trained in the use of technologically advanced equipment relating to crash reconstruction and are responsible for establishing and maintaining a continuing education program for technical crash investigators and reconstructionists throughout the state. back to top
The Executive Protection Unit provides security for the governor of the state of Ohio, the first family, lt. governor and other dignitaries. The unit is comprised of commissioned members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, whose duties include the transportation of governors from other states. The primary responsibility of the unit is the protection and transportation of the first family. Personnel assigned to the governor and the first lady provides 24-hour security and travel with them at all times. back to top
Government Affairs serves as the legislative liaison to the Ohio General Assembly, as activities pertain to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This entails following bills from introduction, through committee and through to pass or fail, giving testimony, arranging for testimony from others, keeping abreast of the legislators’ opinions as testimony is given, and gathering facts to provide the legislature with law enforcement specific information. back to top
LCS has two units:
The Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit’s primary function is to ensure the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles within the state of Ohio. This goal is achieved through education and enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and PUCO Safety Rules. Commercial motor vehicle troopers and motor carrier enforcement inspectors conduct these inspections.
The unit is also responsible for enforcement of size and weight laws relating to commercial vehicles. The unit has 10 portable scale teams located throughout the state. A scale team consists of a load limit inspector trooper and two load limit inspectors. There are also 11 fixed scale facilities located throughout the state. All interstate scale facilities are equipped with an electronic clearance system known as "PrePass." Commercial motor vehicles equipped with Prepass will receive an electronic in-cab signal informing the driver whether to pull into the scale or permit the driver to bypass the scale facility. The PrePass signal overrides the posted signs for all trucks including hazardous material placarded vehicles.
Education of law enforcement agencies and trucking companies is a proactive function of the Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit. The unit presents commercial vehicle safety and familiarization education classes. This no cost training is for law enforcement agencies desiring to become more involved in commercial vehicle enforcement.
The Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit partners with several trucking companies to staff static displays around the state. These displays promote highway safety and sharing the road safely with commercial vehicles.
The Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit consists of a Licensing & Commercial Standards unit commander, a commercial enforcement coordinator sergeant and a Motor Carrier Enforcement supervisor in each district. Commercial Motor Vehicle troopers and Motor Carrier Enforcement inspectors are assigned at the district level. The Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit also includes General Headquarters staff
Share the Road Safely Program
Mandatory Bus Inspection Receipts:
Effective February 13, 2006, Mandatory Bus Inspection Receipts will now be available for purchase at any one of the 217 Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar's Office (for locations, click here) located across the state of Ohio.
Due to the change of the process, you will no longer be able to purchase the receipts from the Patrol's Office of Licensing and Commercial Standards Section.
Mandatory Commercial Bus Inspection Sites
The Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit responsibilities include:
The Ohio State Highway Patrol maintains a full-time tactical unit designated, Special Response Team (SRT). In April of 1990, plans were developed to form a Special Response Team by a committee of officers assigned by then Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent, Thomas Rice. Colonel Rice saw the need for a rapid response team that could handle unusual situations that required more training, and specialized equipment than that of a normal road trooper. The plans were drafted that September, leading to the formation of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team.
In August of 2010, the Special Response Team was transitioned to a full-time, full-service, tactical unit. This move was due to the increase in calls for service, the ever changing criminal environment and the constant requests from outside agencies for mutual aid assistance. The unit is comprised of the tactical commander, an executive officer, and three eight-person squads consisting of a sergeant (squad leader) and seven troopers, for a total of 26 team members for state-wide response. The teams training and capabilities include but are not limited to:
The team is equipped with a variety of tactical gear that will assist them in all types of deployments in any kind of terrain or weather conditions. Vehicles are assigned to SRT and the team can be transported, via these specialized vehicles or aircraft, anywhere in the state. Members are required to carry an Incident Response Pack (IRP) with them at all times for immediate deployment. The team took delivery in July 2006 of two Lenco B.E.A.R. armored vehicles, one equipped with the Mobile Adjustable Ramp System (MARS), and in August of 2006 the team took delivery of a customized equipment truck. Each of the three teams is equipped with a customized entry van for tactical deployments as well as one military Humvee per squad. These vehicles were acquired, at no cost, through the law enforcement military procurement program. They are utilized for off-road critical incidents; tactical deployments where terrain dictates their need, and remote training locations. Some of the other specialized equipment includes Remington Eyeball cameras, thermal imagers, pole cameras, Millennium Sensors, night vision equipment, Quickie saws, and explosives. The vast majority of the equipment utilized by SRT has been purchased through the drug forfeiture accounts.
The team has been utilized by the Division for controlled deliveries, barricade and high-risk warrant service, executive protection, crowd/riot situations, and other critical incident deployments. In addition, the team has been requested by other agencies in Ohio and other states via the Mutual Aid Agreement.
The Special Response Team is an active team within the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA), and officers attend training and conferences on a regular basis both in-state and nationwide.
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Criminal Patrol is tasked with looking for individuals using Ohio's roadways for all forms of criminal activity. They work traffic enforcement on a daily basis but place special emphasis on criminal activities associated with the drug trafficking arena.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol began training troopers in criminal interdiction in 1985. In 1992, the Division purchased its first fifteen canines. Since that time, the program has expanded to 22 canines/trooper handlers. The canines are posted in and patrol all of the OSHP Districts.
The Patrol deploys three types of canines: single purpose (narcotics detection), dual purpose (narcotics/tracking) and explosive detection. Each of the canine handlers attend a rigorous four- to six-week basic academy with their designated canine partner. Thereafter, each handler/canine train monthly following national standards. In addition, they are required to attend the same annual in-service training as any traditional trooper.
Criminal Patrol Unit operations have proven to be very successful in curbing criminal activities throughout the state. Assigned personnel regularly assist federal, state and local agencies in joint operations. These operations have fostered cooperation at all levels to target criminal activities and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Ohio.
Controlled Substances Bulk Amount Reference Table
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The Office of Investigative Services serves as the investigative component of the Division. Like detectives of other police agencies, Patrol investigators are assigned to conduct complex or in-depth investigations into criminal offenses, unusual incidents or other critical situations not normally handled by uniform patrol officers.
Personnel assigned to the Investigations Section are regularly called to assist uniform troopers at the scene of traffic stops, crash scenes or other situations where criminal activity has been uncovered. These incidents commonly include drug trafficking, auto theft, stolen property or identity fraud. Investigators are also called to respond to serious crimes reported to have occurred within the Division's jurisdiction. These incidents include homicides, assaults, sexual assaults, robberies and other crimes of violence.
In addition to assisting uniform personnel and responding to serious incidents, Patrol investigators handle a variety of other assignments mandated by Ohio law. Investigators are assigned to maintain liaison with various state agencies and conduct criminal investigations on crimes that occurred on state owned or leased property such as office buildings, state parks, college campuses, rest areas or highway maintenance facilities. Investigators handle criminal cases involving all state correctional institutions, juvenile detention centers and mental health facilities. The Patrol also commonly investigates crimes that have been committed against the State of Ohio or crimes reportedly committed by state employees. The Office of Investigative Services also handles criminal cases at the request of the Governor's Office.
Fraud and identity theft are routine matters examined by Patrol investigators. Many of these incidents are related to the various state licensing processes or regulatory boards in addition to those uncovered during traffic enforcement.
Responsibilities in addition to criminal investigations include conducting pre-employment background investigations on potential Division employees and providing executive protection and security services for various officials and dignitaries.
A unit of investigators is assigned to each District Headquarters. A larger complement of investigators is also assigned to Investigative Offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. To support the general investigators the Office of Investigative Services also maintains several specialized units within the section.
The Vehicle Theft Unit provides training and support for the Division's auto larceny enforcement programs. These investigators assist uniform officers and local law enforcement in investigating vehicle theft related cases. The unit also investigates offenses related to the registration, licensing and titling of motor vehicles as mandated by Ohio Revised Code. Many of these cases include auto theft, title fraud, odometer tampering and altered vehicle identity violation.
The Computer Crimes Unit provides training and support for the investigation of crimes involving computers or other digital devices. Investigators assigned to this unit conduct forensic examinations of submitted evidence and occasionally conduct direct investigations of crimes involving computers or state databases. The CCU is located at General Headquarters.
The Polygraph Unit conducts polygraph examinations related to on-going investigations or for pre-employment purposes. The unit regularly conducts exams related to Division crash or criminal investigations and for patrol applicants. The unit also provides this service to local law enforcement agencies. The Office of Investigative Services maintains polygraph examiners at General Headquarters and investigative offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Findlay and Massillon.
The Counter Terrorism Unit in comprised of officers assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. These investigators work in partnership with various federal, state and local law enforcement officials to investigate matters related to terrorism and homeland security.
The Office of Investigative Services also maintains two specialized investigative teams. The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of investigators specially trained to handle critical incidents involving Division officers or mass crimes scenes. The Crisis Negotiation Team is made up by investigators trained to communicate with subjects involved in crisis situations such as hostage or barricade incidents. back to top
The Financial Services Section manages the funding for the Division of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The section manages all of its funds and provides reporting and forecasting to the superintendent and director. The biennial budget for the Division is written by employees in fiscal services. Data and reports from all components of the Patrol are utilized to generate an accurate and responsible budget submission.
Financial Services processes over 40,000 invoices each year, and scores of vendor contracts are referred to daily as account examiners process payments. Employees manage a variety of funds from the operating account to federally supported funds. Major operations of the Highway Patrol typically begin and end within the scope of Financial Services. Personnel costings, as well as equipment expenditures, must be considered when deploying resources during critical incidents.
The Patrol’s budget is divided into three main areas. Of the Patrol’s operating budget, approximately 78 percent is spent on human resources, 15 percent is used for maintenance items, and 7 percent is earmarked for equipment needs. Funding for the Patrol now consists largely of fees received from license and registration fees; the remainder consists of federal grants, fees, and fines.
The Financial Sertices commander is the Patrol liaison with the Department of Public Safety Facility Management. The commander provides oversight of the maintenance and construction at the district headquarters, patrol posts and general headquarter sections. back to top
The Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) serves as the criminal justice information network for Ohio's law enforcement community. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 5503.10, the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol is responsible for the administration of LEADS and implementing rules for the operation of and participation in the LEADS program.
LEADS Business Operations
The LEADS Business Operations unit oversees all operational aspects of LEADS, which includes processing LEADS misuse allegations and investigations, law enforcement agency applications for FBI issued originating agency identifiers, FBI required monthly record validations, expungement requests, and all LEADS agency requests for service. The unit prepares and processes all LEADS customer invoices for services and receives payment.
LEADS Auditing and Training
The Auditing and Training unit conducts on-site audits of users to ensure appropriate use in accordance with FBI and LEADS operational manuals. The unit conducts training for LEADS agency Terminal Agency Coordinators, annual in-service, basic LEADS use and other specialized topics. The unit also publishes The LEADing News newsletter and maintains LEADS training material and operational manuals.
The LEADS Security unit works closely with Ohio law enforcement agencies to implement the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Security Policy requirements, which protect against unauthorized access to or release of criminal justice information. The unit conducts FBI required technical security audits of LEADS agencies, which include on-site interviews, inspections and finding remediation.
The Computer Operations unit provides tier II and III services for all Highway Patrol operated computer systems. The unit supports systems infrastructure at campus buildings, Highway Patrol posts, BMV field offices, LEADS agencies, OIU field offices, and in enforcement and specialized vehicles.
LEADS Control is the 24/7 help desk for LEADS users and serves as the point of first contact. The unit monitors the health of the LEADS core message switching system and network, and provides technical and informational assistance to users, which includes: troubleshooting service impacting issues, making LEADS entries, resetting passwords, validating records, and LEADS certification.
The Network Operations unit provides tier II and III network services for the Department of Public Safety. The unit supports network infrastructure in the datacenter, campus buildings, and at remote sites, which include: LEADS agencies, Highway Patrol posts, BMV field offices, and OIU field offices.
The LEADS Programming unit administers a software suite, which includes hotfiles, archive and retrieval, validations, operator aid, core message switching and the end-user application, to deliver timely criminal justice information on a 24/7/365 basis to Ohio's law enforcement community. Work unit staff develops and supports applications that enable mobile access to criminal justice information, provide business operations continuity, and support other areas of the section. back to top
OSP HUB (The “Hub”/Watch Desk/Intelligence Unit/Dispatch Operations/AMBER Alert)
The OSP Hub is comprised of four distinct aspects that work together 365/24/7: the Watch Desk, the Intelligence Unit, Statewide Dispatch Management and the Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit.
The OSP Hub - Watch Desk is staffed 24 hours a day by command level personnel. The Watch Center provides assistance to the field and other agencies through resource allocation, situational awareness and event monitoring. The commanders assist in decision making and consulting with field personnel at all hours. They are responsible for situational awareness of events and incidents statewide, monitoring and reporting on these situations, along with resource allocation. OSP Hub - Watch Center commanders are certified as Amber and Blue Alert duty officers for the State of Ohio. After Action Reviews of all critical incidents involving Division personnel are completed by Hub commanders.
In addition, the Hub commanders serve as EOC representatives for the Patrol during statewide activation and have all been trained in the Web-EOC computer program. Policy has been written and protocols developed for the field to follow establishing critical incident levels for notification to the Hub. The Hub commanders operate under the state's All Hazards Plan, and ICS300/400 in order to maintain NIMS compliancy.
The mission of the unit is to formalize the Division's ability to share and receive criminal and homeland security information, to prevent criminal activity and increase officer awareness. Watch Desk commanders work very closely with the Intelligence Unit and Homeland Security's SAIC.IU personnel assist OSP field units with criminal intelligence information, intelligence workups, and EPIC checks, using many databases. They also provide and disseminate information on current drug trafficking trends, create officer awareness bulletins and provide a monthly intelligence briefing. The unit utilizes an intelligence database geared toward compliance with the federal standard. The Intelligence Unit's physical office area has increased physical security to further safeguard the information stored on our systems.
Statewide Dispatch Management
The Columbus Communication Center (CCC) is responsible for dispatching for all OSP units within Franklin County, including Columbus Metro, SRT and all General Headquarters personnel. They dispatch for the Ohio Investigative Unit, Department of Taxation investigators, and the State Fire Marshal's Office. The Dispatch Management team recently designed and implemented a new testing process, called Critical, for hiring qualified personnel in the position of dispatcher. CCC personnel continue to take the calls for OEMA, OEPA and monitor the LEADS terminal for ODRC when personnel are not on duty. Dispatchers are also responsible for activation of all aspects of any Amber or Blue alert occurring in the state. The CCC serves as the Ohio Warning Point for all severe weather statewide, as well as notification of all state employees should an emergency notification need completed.
Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit
The Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit was developed in 2014. The mission of the unit is to provide intelligence-based safety and security information to be used as a resource by local law enforcement, public safety partners and public education officials statewide to create and maintain safe workplace and educational environments for citizens within the state of Ohio. The TAP Unit is committed to providing local law enforcement, workplace managers and educational institution leaders with a collaborative resource for prevention of threatening environments through reporting and assessment, as a means of intervention in order to maintain the safety and security in the workplace. back to top
Technology and Communication Services manage the operations of Central Install and General Headquarters Electronic Technician (ET) shops. Electronic Technicians (ETs) oversee the operations, updates and repair of electronic equipment installed in the Division's Command Vehicles, Sky Watch Towers, and Tactical Communication Vehicle. They review communication interoperability request the Division receives from Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies. ETs conduct research and development of communication and other electronic equipment technologies, and oversee the Division's radio communications and works directly with Ohio MARCS, Federal Communication Commission, and communication equipment vendors. ETs manage the District ET Shops during statewide and major local projects, provide technical support during mission critical events throughout the state and submit request to add or replace ET personnel.
Electronic Technicians (ETs) assigned to Central Install, located at Alum Creek, are responsible for installing all Highway Patrol cruisers with radio and electronic equipment. This equipment includes MARCS, Vehicle Repeater, VHF and Data radios, CBs, scanners, lightbars, sirens, MCTs, and alarm systems. Central Install also handles vehicle installations for fleets belonging to the Department of Public Safety, Ohio Department of Homeland Security, Department of Taxation, and State Fire Marshal's Office. When requested, provides support to District ETs with electronic equipment repairs.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Fleet is responsible for all vehicles that make up the Department of Public Safety's motor vehicle fleet. The section prepares specifications and purchases vehicles, in addition to the routine inspection, assignment and salvaging of the vehicles.
Fleet is also responsible for maintaining data in the statewide vehicle cost computer system and operating a fuel card program. They also review all fleet related invoices, install decals and seat covers on enforcement vehicles, and operate motor pools at the Shipley Building and at the Alum Creek Facility. Fleet manages the motor pool of vehicles at the Shipley Building and Alum Creek Facility.
General Headquarter Electronic Technician Shop
Electronic Technicians (ETs) assigned to the GHQ ET Shop, located at Alum Creek, are responsible for the day-to-day repairs of electronic equipment assigned to GHQ Sections. This includes equipment installed in each of the Division's vehicles such as MARCS, Vehicle repeater, VHF and Data radios, CBs, scanners, lightbars, sirens, MCTs, and alarms systems. These ETs also oversee the radio templates and encryption keys, as well as acting as a liaison for the District ETs during mission critical events throughout the state. GHQ ETs oversee the maintenance, scheduling and deployment of the Division’s Command Vehicles, Sky Watch Towers, Tactical Communication Vehicle, and communications equipment cache.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Logistics Unit provides uniforms and equipment items for approximately 2200 uniformed employees. The section coordinates uniform fittings for Highway Patrol Cadet Classes and develops clothing and equipment specifications for uniform items. The section also provides stockroom type supply items to all Patrol facilities throughout the state.
Shipley Telephone Electronic Technician
The electronic Technician (ET) assigned to the Shipley Building is responsible for the telephone operations for the Shipley Building, Alum Creek facility and the training Academy. This ET oversees the deployment, set-up and testing of the portable sound system and also the sound system located at the training Academy. This ET also works closely with the GHQ ET Shop to help provide additional support to the District ET Shops when required.
Communications Support maintains all telecommunications systems used by Highway Patrol employees. These systems include the existing radio system, telephones and cellular telephones. Duties include maintaining a professional relationship with all contracted vendors and monitoring the level of service provided, as well as coordinating with District ETs on the Division's use of the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS). All service requests for communications equipment and services are reviewed and implemented through this office.
Command Vehicle and SkyWatch Observation Tower(s) Operations
TCS is responsible for the Division’s Command and Communications vehicles and its operation in support of the field for special details and emergency deployment. TCS also oversees the maintenance of the Division's SkyWatch Observation Tower(s) equipment and works directly with Division's Commanders, Homeland Security, and other federal, state, and local agencies in the deployment of these towers to support each of their mission critical details. back to top
The Administrative Investigative Unit is responsible for conducting and overseeing the Division's administrative investigations, response to resistance/pursuit cases and Patrol car crashes. back to top
The Employee Development and Evaluation unit oversees the talent management and organizational effectiveness programs through cutting edge solutions grounded in research to support the mission of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Working hand-in-hand with our customers, we provide the following programs:
The Employee Relations Team serves as a resource to all Division employees as intra-agency advisors/mediators or trainers to facilitate open and honest communication, mutual working relationships and uniformity amongst the Division. back to top
Staffing Services coordinates Division position postings with GHQ Section and Field Commanders. All posting requests are submitted to this section. The commander assists when necessary with Division hiring and selection interviews as directed by the Office of Personnel. This section serves as liaison to ODPS Personnel Administration and Employee Benefits Units. The review of all transfer requests (including hardship transfers) are conducted by this office with the exception of transfers of troopers in conjunction with Academy class assignments. The review and monitoring of residency requirements are performed as needed for sworn personnel. The Member Assistance Team is activated and directed through this unit. back to top
Members of the Professional Standard Section provide guidance to commanders regarding interpretation and application of the four Collective Bargaining Agreements in which the Division has employees. These section employees handle all steps of the grievance procedure up to and including serving as Employer Advocates at arbitration. Members of the section review administrative investigations and make disciplinary recommendations for rule violations committed by employees. The employees of the section serve as liaisons between the Division, the Union(s) and the Office of Collective Bargaining. A member of the section serves as a board member for the Employee Assistance Program and is a member of the statewide Labor Relations Advisory Committee. A member of the section serves as the coordinator for the Random Drug Testing Program for the Department. The section assists with the administration of the Health and Physical Fitness Program. The section also instructs classes on work rules and labor relations to dispatchers, cadets, troopers and newly promoted lieutenants. Members from this section take suggestions from the field, draft contractual language and serve on the employer's team during contract negotiations between the state and the Ohio State Troopers Association. Members from the section also serve as representatives for the Employer during Labor Management Committee meetings. back to top
Locate and Recruit Applicants for the Position of Trooper and Police Officer. Accomplished by:
The Regional Training Unit (RTU) is an extension of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. It is an outreach training program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety that offers the opportunity for our Ohio law enforcement partners to attend training in their regional area without necessarily requiring travel to Columbus.
Training is developed on a continual basis and posted to the Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC). This is a web-based program containing all Academy and RTU course catalogs. The RTU partners with various colleges, universities, vocational schools, high schools and other law enforcement agencies to obtain logistical support and facilities for training. All members of the Ohio law enforcement community are encouraged to register with the Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in order to search and register for available courses. back to top
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy is committed to providing high quality training through educational programs to both our staff and fellow members of the law enforcement community. Our Training Academy provides a positive learning environment which emphasizes professionalism, team work, integrity, and courtesy in public service.
To realize our commitment, we have developed courses that target the current, specific needs of our audiences to include the following:
Auditing officers conduct biennial administrative audits of each field component. They are also responsible for coordinating annual administrative audits of each GHQ component. The auditing officers report audit results directly to the Planning and Analysis commander for review and presentation to the office of the superintendent. They also assist in the development of field commanders and needed revisions to policies and procedures. back to top
The OSHP Auxiliary was formed in 1942 when many commissioned troopers began entering the armed forces during World War II. At that time, membership was limited to the members of the American Legion, which was largely made of up of war veterans unlikely to be drafted into service.
After the war, the Auxiliary was a critical component of the Ohio's Civil Defense Plan, with officers assigned to vital crossroads to assist with evacuation and convoy movement. " Today, Auxiliary members contribute thousands of hours in an assortment of functions, including but not limited to working Ohio State football games, the Ohio State Fair, DUI Checkpoints, Shop with a Cop, Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State.
OSHP Auxiliary Store
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The Central Records Unit is the central repository for all Ohio State Highway Patrol records, including the Ohio Investigative Unit. The unit maintains all of the division's official records of crash reports, criminal case investigations and pre-employment background investigations. Reports may be obtained in accordance with Ohio's public records law through the Crash Reports tab. back to top
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory provides forensic services to the Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. The laboratory conducts forensic analyses in drug chemistry and toxicology.
The primary role of the Historical Preservation Unit is to collect, preserve and display historical artifacts and to research and document the rich history of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Personnel act as the primary curators of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy's Robert M. Chiaramonte Heritage Hall where collections of images, artifacts and information are routinely displayed for exhibition. back to top
The Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to administer various highway safety programs. This grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to eligible entities to be used for such projects as traffic safety education, enforcement and engineering. Funds are used for highway safety support based on problem identification to reduce overall fatal and injury crashes. This program operates on a reimbursement basis.
OTSO administers the Section 402 State and Community grants, related National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards and initiatives, and contracts for traffic safety activities. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed annually by OTSO, with funds awarded to traffic safety projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or that significantly improve traffic safety systems. Since partnerships are critical to the long-term success of a project effort, applicants are encouraged to develop broad-based support and commitment by officials and constituent groups toward addressing traffic safety concerns.
Each grant proposal must focus on one or more of these priority program areas: restraint use, impaired driving, speed management, motorcycle safety, youthful drivers, distracted driving, traffic records and engineering. In addition, competitive grant proposals must include an evaluation strategy that assesses the impact of proposed project activities on the selected priority areas. Based on the proposed strategies, each grant proposal must show how the effectiveness of the proposed activities will be measured. Each proposal is compared to the Countermeasures that Works to ensure the projects selected for funding are evidence based. Visit OTSO's website or view the online grant system. back to top
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Photographic Services Unit is responsible for oversight of the Division's evidentiary photographic and digital imaging services infrastructure. The laboratory's principal responsibilities include image acquisition, image management, file security and output of images from crashes and criminal investigations captured by personnel statewide. Annually, over 1.3 million electronic image files are managed and nearly 13,000 requests are honored. back to top
The Policy Development Unit maintains and develops policy and procedures that guide the operation of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The unit also maintains and updates all forms, brochures, pamphlets and decals that are produced and stocked for the Highway Patrol.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The accreditation process helps ensure the Ohio State Highway Patrol meets national standards of best practices in all areas of its operations. The Accreditation Unit is responsible for managing and coordinating the Highway Patrol's accreditation program to ensure compliance with CALEA standards. back to top
The Risk Management Unit (RMU) is responsible for identifying, minimizing and controlling the exposure to all types of hazards, risks, and losses related to the division and its employees during the performance of their duties on behalf of the general public. The RMU accomplishes this through continuous education, participation and communication with division personnel and the public, with the end goal of improved officer safety, superior professional operations, reduced liability, limited negative financial impact to the Division, and to maximized service to the citizens of Ohio.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Special Events Unit is responsible for coordinating and managing Division events, such as graduations, Memorial ceremonies, annual conferences and meetings. The Special Events Unit is also responsible for all communications and networking in support of special events and assists with the development of new opportunities to promote traffic safety. back to top
The primary role of the Statistical Analysis Unit (SAU) is to provide strategic operational planning to senior staff and field commanders to more effectively and efficiently utilize the Division's limited resources through the use of mapping, empirical research and statistical analysis. SAU manages the Division's Geographic Information System (GIS) data to construct complex spatial analyses that identify hot spots related to traffic crashes and criminal activity. Commanders use that information to accurately target problem areas with the goal of increasing traffic safety and quickly removing criminals from Ohio roadways.
SAU staff is responsible for providing advanced research design and survey techniques to identify issues that are vital to the advancement of the mission, goals and objectives of the agency. The section coordinates various management information systems including data on searches, functional activity, crashes and arrests to produce monthly and annual reports of Patrol activity and respond to information and mapping requests from command staff, legislators, public information officers and other governmental agencies. SAU also provides risk management support services related to patrol car crashes, professional operations and administrative investigations that help maintain the high standards of the Division. back to top
The Traffic Statistics section processes, compiles, analyzes and publishes statistics relative to Ohio's motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 300,000 crash reports are submitted annually to the department. Every law enforcement agency in Ohio investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a fatality, personal injury or property damage participates in this effort. The section also handles public records requests for crash data/history, as well as updating Line of Duty crashes. The unit continues to encourage police agencies to utilize the electronic submittal of crash data and ensures the annual Crash Facts book is published as scheduled.
The FARS unit is responsible for analyzing each fatality that occurred in Ohio. The crash information is then entered into a system that is governed and maintained by the federal government. Under an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the FARS analysts interpret codes and enter over 100 data elements directly from fatal accident reports into the FARS system. back to top