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About OSHP

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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. To learn more or to apply, click HERE.

Central Records

The Central Records Unit is the central repository for all Ohio State Highway Patrol records, including the Ohio Investigative Unit. The unit maintains all official records of crash reports, criminal case investigations and pre-employment background investigations. To learn more or to order a report, click HERE.

Financial Services

The Financial Services Section manages funding for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The section manages funds and provides reporting and forecasting to the Patrol superintendent and the director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. 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 costs, 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 Services 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.

Historical Preservation

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. Click HERE to learn more about OSHP history.

Ohio Traffic Safety Office

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. Click HERE to learn more.

Photographic Services

The 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.

Policy Development/Accreditation

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.

Risk Management

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 maximized service to the citizens of Ohio.

Special Events

The 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.

Statistical Analysis

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 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 also coordinates various management information systems including data on searches, functional activity, crashes and arrests to produce monthly and annual reports of Patrol activity and provides risk management support related to patrol car crashes, professional operations and administrative investigations. Click HERE for current statewide statistics.

Traffic Statistics/FARS

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. Every law enforcement agency in Ohio investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a fatality, personal injury or property damage participates in this effort. The FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) Unit analyzes each traffic fatality in Ohio. Crash information is then entered into a system maintained by the federal government.

Contact Us

Call #677 or click HERE to email.

Physical Location & Certified Mail Address
Ohio State Highway Patrol
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

Mailing Address
Ohio State Highway Patrol
PO Box 182074
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2074

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