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OSHP | Auxiliary

Patrol Auxiliary

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 to the members of the American Legion which was largely made 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
  • 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.

Physical Agility Test

To be conducted at a local Highway Patrol post:

  • Tire Change: To ensure adequate physical strength to handle the equipment needed to change a tire
  • Automobile Push: By hand, push a stopped patrol car 30 feet with the engine off and the gears in neutral
  • Run/Walk: Run and/or walk a 1.5-mile course

Background Investigation

The following issues in an applicant’s background could result in rejection of an application:

  • Domestic violence conviction
  • Drug-related conviction
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Poor driving record (numerous crashes or moving violations)

To inquire about a possible position in the OSHP Auxiliary, call your nearest Patrol post, email OSPAux@dps.ohio.gov, or apply online.