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|Forensic Video Analysis||Aviation||Executive Protection Unit||Capitol Operations|
|Special Response Team|
|Training Academy||Employee Evaluation & Development||Administrative Investigations Unit|
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, referre 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
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, gathering facts to provide the legislature with law enforcement specific information. 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. The Public Information Office also oversees the Central Records Unit, which maintains Patrol records and handles public records requests. back to top
Staff assigned to the Superintendent’s Office are responsible for coordinating the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s operational and administrative functions, special projects and events. Staffed by the Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels and professional staff, the Office works directly with all General Headquarters Sections and Units, along with all Field locations, to set the strategic direction of the Ohio State Highway Patrol toward contributing to a safer Ohio. back to top
The Adminstrative 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
Members of the 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
Staffing Services will be directly responsible to coordinate Division position postings with GHQ Section and Field Commanders. All posting requests will be submitted to this section. The commander will assist, when necessary with Division hiring/selection interviews as directed by the Office of Personnel. This section will serve as liaison to ODPS Personnel Administration and Employee Benefits Units. The review of all transfer requests (including hardship transfers) will be conducted by this office with the exception of transfers of troopers in conjunction with Academy class assignments. The review and monitoring of residency requirements will be performed as needed for sworn personnel. The Member Assistance Team will be activated and directed through this unit. 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:
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
Locate and Recruit Applicants for the Position of Trooper and Police Officer. Accomplished by:
Based at the Academy the responsibility of the Regional Training Unit (RTU) is to ensure professional training operations and continued development of quality courses to be delivered via the Regional Education & General In-Service (REGIS) Institute.
REGIS is an outreach training program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to provide quality law enforcement training. The “regional” training concept was developed to assist in the delivery of training at the local post level. In the tradition of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy and our commitment to other agencies, the REGIS Institute opportunity is extended to allow other law enforcement agencies to attend regional training courses.
The RTU partners with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC), various colleges, universities, vocational schools, and high schools to obtain logistical support and facilities for the training venues. Training courses provided, will include all mandated learning objectives established by OPOTC and reflect the current trends of our vocation.
Examples of courses offer by the RTU include: First Aid, Crash Investigation (basic & technical), Criminal Patrol, ADAP, Firearms, Tactical Driving, TASER, Self Defense, Leadership training, Dispatcher and Professional Staff training, Officer Involved Shooting Response, Critical and/or Criminal Investigation training, In-Custody Death Prevention & Investigation training, Executive Protection, Fraudulent Document training, BWC Injury Claims training, and numerous others. back to top
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.
The Policy Development Unit maintains and develops policy and procedures that guide the operation of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio State Highway Patrol. The unit also maintains and updates all forms, brochures, pamphlets, decals etc. that are produced and stocked for the Patrol. back to top
|Computer Operations||System Operations|
The Law Enforcement Automated Data System, (LEADS) serves as the electronic communication network for Ohio’s criminal justice communities. LEADS is used by law enforcement, courts and prosecutors across the state to inquire on information about driving records, vehicle ownership and outstanding warrants. Through the LEADS connections to other agencies, our users can review drivers’ license images, past criminal histories or parole status. LEADS also serves as the gateway to the National Crime Information Center, (NCIC). Through NCIC, LEADS users have access to the same information on a national and international level. Further access through LEADS to the International Justice and Public Safety Network enables fast electronic communications with criminal justice agencies internationally. The LEADS is self funded through its user fees, and it allows for a variety of participation levels. Currently there are just over 600 Ohio criminal justice agencies with a LEADS terminal installed. Many other agencies access LEADS through one of several regional systems connected to LEADS. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 5503.10 the Superintendent of the HighwayPatrol is responsible to administer LEADS and promulgate the administrative codes used to set the rules for its use.
LEADS control is the 7-day-a-week 24-hour-a-day help desk for LEADS users. This group of employees serves as the point of first contact. They monitor the health of the network and work with several commercial vendors to coordinate repairs to the system or a particular site. Our users turn to them for assistance in making entries, becoming LEADS certified, or whenever they encounter problems with LEADS, its equipment, or an application. The help desk staff maintains the databases with all 30,000 plus certified operators and our agencies. They track requests for service and often have to resolve differences between our users and our vendors. LEADS control is also the distribution point for all messages from out of state.
Auditing & Training
LEADS has conducted on-site audits of our users since 1990. These inspections are done every 2 years and serve as an opportunity for an agency to benefit from one-on-one interaction with a knowledgeable member of LEADS. The 4 data security specialists review LEADS operations during audits and assist in a variety of training sessions. Each agency on LEADS designates a point of contact called a terminal agency coordinator, (TAC). The TAC is required to attend a class that introduces them to the responsibilities of the position. They are also required to attend annual in-service training put on by the LEADS training officer. The trainer also provides classes in basic LEADS use and other topics. The auditing and training section also publishes our quarterly newsletter, The LEADing News, and maintains our training and operator manuals.
The increased awareness of the importance of data and system security prompted LEADS to designate an information security officer. This position coordinates the efforts of all the LEADS workgroups to ensure the integrity of the system remains in tact. This involves working closely with agencies that connect to our system to review the technical requirements needed to prevent unauthorized access. LEADS has implemented a detailed technical security audit which includes network diagrams, on-site reviews, and third party assessments to assist us.
Because the most frequent misuse of the system comes from inappropriate use by users, LEADS has a sworn highway patrol officer responsible for security of the information. The LEADS security officer works with our user agencies when there are allegations that LEADS information was used for other-than-criminal-justice purposes. LEADS security can review backup records of system transactions to determine when information was run and who the operator was at the time.
The LEADS security officer is responsible for obtaining new agency identifiers from NCIC, following-up on validations of records in the system, and enforcing NCIC policies within Ohio. They also maintain the 14 administrative code sections that govern LEADS under OAC §4501:2-10.
The LEADS programming analyst supervisor and six programmers assigned to LEADS are dedicated to meeting the primary mission of LEADS — officer safety. The majority of their efforts are devoted to system improvements, based on user recommendations and working with vendors to provide individualized services to agencies. The programming unit is also key to protection of the data and researching possible misuse of the system. back to top
The Central Install faclity is located at the Department of Public Safety’s Alum Creek Complex in southeast Columbus. This facility is made up of Electronic Technicians (ET’s) who are responsible for installing all Highway Patrol cruisers with radio and electronic equipment. This equipment includes radios, CB’s, scanners, lightbars, sirens, and alarm systems. This unit also handles vehicle installations for all of the Department of Public Safety fleet.
The Central Install ET’s also provide support to District ET’s and maintain the Division’s Mobile Command Vehicle in a constant state of readiness to respond to statewide emergency situations. back to top
The Communications Support Unit maintains all telecommunications systems used by Highway Patrol employees. These systems include the existing radio system, telephones, cellular telephones, and pagers. The employees assigned to this unit come from a variety of telecommunications or radio backgrounds and hold appropriate state and federal licenses and certifications. Their main duties include maintaining a professional relationship with all contracted vendors and monitoring the level of service provided. All service requests for communications equipment and services are reviewed and implemented through this office. Two Electronic Technician Managers also coordinate with District Electronic Technicians and the Divisions use of the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System. back to top
The Computer Operations Unit is made up of a Computer Operations Supervisor and 13 Network Administrators (NA’s). This group supports and maintains all computer related equipment at all Highway Patrol field offices, BMV field offices, and Liquor Enforcement field offices. With the vast amount of communication using e-mail on the Department of Public Safety computer network and the hundreds of desktop and laptop computers in use at these facilities, the Highway Patrol NA’s work with a centralized Help Desk in Columbus. This system allows for timely response to our users’ needs and an organized approach to computer maintenance.back to top
The Multi Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) is a program coordinated by the Department of Administrative Services and includes the Highway Patrol as a major user of the system. The system allows the Division to use modern communications technology that benefits the field personnel in their daily operations. Included in this system is an 800 MHz digital trunked radio system, a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, Mobile Computer Terminals (MCT’s) in patrol vehicles, and an Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system.
Not only does the system allow for enhanced communications for the Division, it also establishes interoperability between the Highway Patrol and other agencies such as the State and County Emergency Management Agencies, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Local Public Safety Agencies. Several employees from Technology and Communications Services serve as the Division’s MARCS coordination team to ensure communications needs for the field personnel will be met. back to top
Network and Equipment Support
The Network Administrators support and maintain all computer related equipment at all Highway Patrol field offices, BMV field offices, and Liquor Enforcement field offices. They also respond to outages at all of the Criminal Justice agencies using LEADS to assist in correcting network problems. With the vast amount of communication using e-mail on the Department of Public Safety computer network and the hundreds of desktop and laptop computers in use at these facilities, the Highway Patrol NA’s work with a centralized Help Desk in Columbus. This system allows for timely response to our users’ needs and an organized approach to computer maintenance.
The Network Service Technicians configure and support the computer infrastructure of the entire Department of Public Safety allowing the variety of systems to communicate reliably and securely. back to top
The Systems Operations Unit is supervised by an Information Technology Manager and consists of several work units; Network Administrators, Network Service Technicians, Programmers, and Security staff. back to top
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Photographic Services Unit is responsible for providing all of the photographic and digital imaging services for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The laboratory’s principal responsibilities include image acquisition, image management, file security and printing of images from crashes investigated by troopers statewide. Annually, over one million electronic image files are managed and nearly 12,000 requests for photographic prints are honored by Division technicians. back to top
The Forensic Video Analysis Unit’s primary purpose is to scientifically examine, compare, and evaluate video in legal matters. Personnel assist law enforcement agencies in all matters related to recorded evidence upon request. The unit advises the division and other agencies on best practices when handling recorded evidence, forensically analyzes and enhances aforementioned evidence and presents the work in court if necessary. Along with forensic examination, still frame isolation and printing, video clarification, video reformatting, audio clarification and the creation of presentation ready CD/DVD’s are performed. Logo insertion and video duplication are also done within the Unit in support of numerous public records requests. back to top
In the last few years the Ohio State Highway Patrol has undergone a significant transition to capture and utilize more data with in-car computers, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), and GPS technology for location based reporting.
With this increase in data capture, there is an equal need to analyze that data for trends, predictions, and strategic planning.
The SAU examines data captured in traffic stops, crashes, and case activity to identify trends that can be used for operational deployment of resources to stop violators, prevent crashes and catch criminals.
SAU works daily on those products that are delivered to the field commanders, supervisors, and troopers, assisting them with their efforts toward achieving the OSHP mission.
For years law enforcement in general has captured mountains of data with little ability to form a useful product out of all that information. The SAU sifts, squeezes, and synchronizes that mountain of data into workable reports and maps that can be retrieved and used. Some of the products that originate from the Statistical Analysis Unit are:
• Monthly Business Planback to top
• Patrol & Public Safety Reports
• GIS maps of injury and fatal crashes
• Hotspot analysis
• Monthly Division statistical summaries
• Commercial fatal crash causation summary
• District line inspections
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Fleet is responsible for the 1900 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 operating motor pools at the Shipley Building and at the Alum Creek Facility.
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. back to top
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Facilities Management Section
provides the Ohio Department of Public Safety with oversight of all design,
construction, land acquisition and sales, and leased space. The section
actively maintains over four hundred facilities which include Administration
Facilities, Deputy Registrar locations, Driver Examination and Commercial
Driver Examination locations, Interstate Commercial Truck Weigh Scale
locations, Radio Broadcast Tower sites, Criminal and Investigative Laboratories,
and Ohio State Highway Patrol facilities which consist primarily of ten
District Headquarter facilities and fifty four Ohio State Highway Patrol
Post locations, in addition to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy facilities,
Aviation facilities, and other locations. Currently, the Ohio Department
of Public Safety employs approximately 6,200 people, including over 1,400
Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, in serving the citizens across the
State of Ohio.
Facilities Management staff consists of professional facility planners, architects, and support and administrative personnel engaging in the continuous evaluation of the needs of the Department, with management of budgetary constraints. The section strives to achieve operational efficiency, and to ensure a safe, professional, and welcoming environment for the public.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 authored by employees
in fiscal services. Data and reports from all components of the Patrol are
utilized to generate an accurate and responsible budget submission. The biennium
budget for fiscal years 2012 – 2013 is more than $611 million.
Fiscal Services processes over 40,000 invoices each year; 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 Fiscal Services. Personnel costings, as well as equipment expenditures, must be considered when deploying resources to projects such as the John Parson’s Manhunt and the Ohio State Fair.
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. Over the past years the funding for the Patrol consisted largely of motor vehicle fuel taxes. These funds are no longer available to the Patrol. Funding for the Patrol now consists largely of fees received from license and registration fees; the remainder consists of federal grants, fees, fines and self-supporting rotary accounts.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.
From aerial traffic enforcement, marijuana eradication, school bus and railroad crossing violations, aerial searches, including assistance to other agencies, FLIR-technology, and aircraft crash investigation and enforcement of laws governing air traffic, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Aviation section is a force multiplier in the ongoing efforts of all Ohio law enforcement to keep Ohio safe.
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 awarenes
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. Working 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.
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 Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force which provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Among the duties of an Auxiliary officer are crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief, and special detail support.
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
the members of the American Legion which was largely made of up of war veterans who were unlikely to be drafted into service.
After the war, the Auxiliary was a critical component of
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. Each is required to log a minimum of 120 hours per year to remain active. Membership is no longer limited to American Legionaires, and the requirements to become an Auxiliary are as follows:
* U.S. Citizen
* Ohio Resident with valid Ohio driver license
* Good physical condition
* Between ages 21-55 (except for retired OSHP officers)
* No prior felony convictions
* Availability for training and service
* Submit to and pass a background investigation
* Ability to read and write, and convey thoughts in a clear and concise manner
* Weight proportionate to height (OSHP standard plus 10 percent)
* Submit to and pass a polygraph examination
Applicants are required to pass a medical examination which must be conducted by a physician at the applicant's expense. Applicants must additionally pass written and physical tests, then complete OSHP Auxiliary training. Members are also required to conform to grooming standards and purchase a uniform. To inquire about a possible position in the OSHP Auxiliary, call your nearest Patrol post or e-mail wwwOHP@dps.state.oh.us to get in touch with an OSHP Auxiliary officer. back to top
The Inspections Unit conducts biennial staff inspections of each field component. They are responsible for coordinating biennial staff inspections of each GHQ component with the Accreditation Task Force. The inspections officer reports inspection results directly to the superintendent. They also assist in the development of field commanders and needed revisions to policies and procedures. 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 16 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 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 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 also 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 investigator. 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 Ohio State Highway Patrol commenced 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 Ohio State Patrol Districts. Criminal Patrol Troopers /Canine Handlers, concentrate on 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 concentrating their efforts on criminal activities associated with the drug trafficking arena.
The Patrol deploys three types of canines; single purpose (narcotics detection), dual purpose (narcotics/tracking), and explosive detection. Each of the canine handlers, once selected, 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 and 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. back to top
The CICC is staffed 365/24/7 and is responsible for increasing the overall effectiveness of the Division by providing a centralized point of contact to collect and disseminate critical information throughout the Division and expedite the deployment of Division assets during a critical incident to continue to protect life and property. During day-to-day operations the center is also responsible for overseeing all Patrol Dispatch Centers.
The CICC also houses the Patrol's Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU). This Unit's mission is to manage and share relevant, reliable, and actionable information with law enforcement personnel in support of their operational responsibilities. CIU works in partnership with the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in order to contribute to the efforts of front line troopers, agents, deputies and officers by providing the highest level of safety, security, and service to the citizens of Ohio.
CIU was created in December of 2002, in response to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. The mission of the unit was to formalize the Division’s ability to share and receive criminal and homeland security information, to prevent criminal activity and increase officer awareness.
CIU is comprised of civilian Criminal Intelligence Analysts and Troopers who are trained to perform a multitude of responsibilities. The unit’s personnel share the Homeland Security mission by participating in the Ohio Homeland Security – Strategic Analysis & Information Center. They develop products specifically for units from the Division’s Office of Special Operations, which includes the Special Response Team (SRT), Investigations and Criminal Patrol resources. back to top
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. In September 1990, these plans were drafted and the formation of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team was put into place and approved.
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 3 eight (8) person squads consisting of a sergeant (squad leader) and seven (7) troopers, for a total of 26 team members for state-wide response. The teams training and capabilities include but are not limited to:
High Risk Warrant Service
Drug Raid Confiscations to include methamphetamine labs
Prison Incident Response
Vehicle Assaults (car, bus, plane)
Mobile Field Force Support for Riot Response
Air Deliverable Capabilities
Fast Response Time
Rappel Master Certified/ Confined Space Recovery
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Technician Level Tactical Responders
Explosive, Ballistic, Mechanical Breaching Capabilities
Police Instructors/Trainers Certified In:Firearms Instructors for: Pistol, Shotgun Carbine, Scoped Rifle and Select Fire Weapon Systems
Less Lethal: Chemical, Kinetic, NFDD
Awareness Level WMD Trainers
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 include: Remington Eyeball Cameras, Thermal Imagers, Pole Cameras, Millennium Sensors, Night Vision Equipment, Quickie Saws, Explosives, etc. The vast majority of the equipment utilized by SRT has been purchased through the drug forfeiture accounts.
The team has been utilized for controlled deliveries, barricade and high-risk warrant service, executive protection, crowd/riot situations, and other critical incident deployments, for the Division, and when requested with other agencies in Ohio, and other states throughout the years, 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.
The Special Response Team is the State-wide response team for the Ohio Homeland Security Emergency Response Program. 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 travels with them at all time. 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.