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About OSHP

Our Mission

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism. The Patrol provides:

  • Statewide traffic services to keep our roadways safe,
  • Statewide emergency response services and support services to the public and the criminal justice community,
  • Investigation of criminal activities on state-owned and leased property throughout Ohio, and
  • Security for the Governor and other dignitaries.

The Patrol is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which is administrated by a director who holds a cabinet-level position in state government. The commander of the Patrol holds the rank of Colonel and is referred to as the Superintendent. The superintendent is selected from the Patrol ranks upon the retirement or death of a predecessor.

Although personnel strength varies, the Patrol maintains a uniformed complement of about 1,600 officers. In addition, about 1,000 support personnel, including load limit inspectors, motor vehicle inspectors, motor carrier enforcement inspectors, dispatchers, electronics technicians, and civilian specialists complete the Patrol's personnel strength. An all-volunteer auxiliary force, originally formed during World War II to assist officers after many entered the armed services, continues to donate thousands of hours of service to the citizens of Ohio.

Patrol General Headquarters is located in Columbus. The state is subdivided into nine districts. Each district is commanded by a captain and each post by a lieutenant. Training is conducted at the Patrol Academy, also located in Columbus.

From the ranks of our road troopers, we train and maintain a number of officers in specialized law enforcement positions. Among these are: plainclothes investigators; traffic and drug interdiction teams and canine officers; commercial enforcement coordinators, inspectors, and crash reconstructionists. The Patrol also maintains a special response team, comprised of road troopers who are specially trained in weapons and chemical agent use, extraction techniques, and rapid response methods.

Routine operations are conducted almost exclusively from automobiles. However, the Patrol also utilizes SUVs, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters in the course of its duties. A fully equipped command vehicle, which can operate as a mobile patrol post, is maintained in a constant state of readiness to respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, and other emergencies requiring extended Patrol presence.


Our Core Values

In order to carry on the fine tradition of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, these core values are instilled into each and every one of our new recruits, and continually reinforced to all of our officers. They are simple, yet very important, and are the foundation upon which a trooper can be a consummate public servant.

  • Adaptability – flexible, versatile, and responsive.
  • Attention to Detail – if it's worth doing, it's worth doing it right.
  • Diversity – inclusion, equality, and respect.
  • Honesty – credibility, sincerity, and trustworthiness.
  • Officer Safety – aware and prepared to respond.
  • Performance Driven – a work ethic devoted to quality service.
  • Professionalism – respectful, proficient, and courteous.
  • Self-Discipline – motivated and accountable for our actions.
  • Sense of Urgency – a prompt response in our service to the public.
  • Team Oriented – working together to achieve our mission.
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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