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Auxiliary

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief, and special detail support are among the duties of an Auxiliary officer. Applicants must pass a medical exam (at their own expense), background check, and written and physical tests. Auxiliary members are required to purchase a uniform, conform to grooming standards, and volunteer a minimum of 120 hours per year to remain active.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ohio Resident with valid Ohio driver license
  • Age 21-57 (except for retired OSHP officers)
  • Good physical condition
  • Weight proportionate to height
  • No felony convictions
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pre-employment polygraph exam
  • Ability to communicate in a clear manner
  • Availability for training and service
  • Applicants must pass a medical exam, which must be conducted by a physician at their own expense. Applicants must also pass written and physical tests. Auxiliary members are required to conform to grooming standards and purchase a uniform.

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Dispatcher

Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers receive and transmit radio communications for the purpose of law enforcement, traffic control, accident investigation, motorist assistance, and security on behalf of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and other state agencies. Dispatchers work weekends and holidays with rotating days off and may be required to travel to other dispatch centers as needed. Knowledge of law enforcement procedures and public relations is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Reading, writing and proficient at the English language
  • 1 course or 3 months experience in typing, operating a personal computer and word processing or equivalent.

To apply or for more information please email ADDispatchRecruit@dps.ohio.gov.

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Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector

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.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6 months training or 6 months experience in motor carrier inspection or commercial vehicle maintenance;
  • 1 course or 3 months experience in public relations
  • Valid Driver License
  • Or 6 months experience in enforcing commercial motor vehicle laws or regulations
  • 1 course or 3 months experience in public relations
  • Valid Driver License
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above

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Ohio State Highway Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector

Motor Vehicle Inspector

The Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit responsibilities include:

  • The licensing of private pupil transportation providers
  • Rules and regulations for the construction and inspection of school buses
  • Inspection criteria for church buses
  • The laws and administrative codes regulating motor vehicle equipment standards
  • Salvage and self-assembled vehicle inspections

The Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit inspects more than 23,000 Ohio school buses at least twice a year. The inspectors certify school buses are compliant with all federal and state rules and regulations, thereby ensuring the safety of every child who rides those buses to and from school and school-related events during the year. School buses that do not pass inspections are immediately removed from service until repairs are made.

Inspectors also conduct roadside motor vehicle inspections and annual church bus inspections. In addition, more than 49,000 salvage vehicle inspections conducted each year aide in detecting stolen vehicles and parts.

A representative of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit chairs the Ohio School Bus Construction Standards Advisory Committee. The unit also conducts pupil safety and transportation workshops around the state in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio School Bus Mechanics Association and the Ohio Association of Pupil Transportation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6 months training or 6 months experience in automotive maintenance & repair &/or mechanical vehicle inspections
  • 6 months experience utilizing personal computer & associated business office applications (Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition & subtraction & in reading, writing & speaking common English vocabulary; valid driver's license
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above
  • Valid Ohio Driver License Required

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Ohio State Highway Motor Vehicle Inspector

Ohio Investigative Unit

The Ohio Investigative Unit is responsible for enforcing Ohio's alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws. OIU agents work undercover to investigate suspected illegal activity in liquor permit premises (bars, restaurants, carryout's, etc.). Investigations may be related to locations operating without a permit or to drug, gambling, counterfeiting, or property crimes. Agents also investigate the illegal manufacture of alcohol, as well as businesses and individuals involved in food stamp fraud. Candidates who are not Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified will be required to complete a six-month training course at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be a resident of Ohio at time of appointment
  • Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License

To apply or for more information please email ADOIUCent@dps.ohio.gov.

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Police Officer

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is a statewide law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and state-owned property. Police Officer 2 positions with the Ohio State Highway Patrol are full-time, permanent, bargaining unit, classified positions, located in the Columbus metro area. Candidates who are not Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified (Police Officer 1 position) will be required to complete a 20-week training course at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy where they will obtain an OPOTA certification.

Minimum Qualifications for Police Officer 1:

  • United States citizen
  • 21 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or G. E. D.
  • Valid driver license
  • Complete 20-week training course at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy to obtain OPOTA certification

Minimum Qualifications for Police Officer 2:

  • United States citizen
  • 21 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or G. E. D.
  • Valid driver license
  • Current OPOTA certification
    • Or completion of 20 years active duty as a peace officer per section 109.78 (D) of the Ohio Revised Code

Employment Benefits include:

  • Paid time off
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Special duty
  • Physical fitness pay
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Uniforms and equipment provided

A Highway Patrol Police Officer provides general police services and enforces appropriate laws, rules, regulations, and procedures at selected state facilities.

Officers assist in the apprehension and arrest of criminal violators, conduct investigations of suspicious persons and incidents, and assist the public whenever needed.

To apply or for more information please email ADRECRUIT@dps.ohio.gov.

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