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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.

  • Honesty – The single most reliable mark of a trooper’s value is to be able to admit when he/she is wrong and go forward.
  • Sense of Urgency – Troopers realize the importance of prompt response to crashes and other calls for service.
  • Attention to Detail – If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing thoroughly. Attention to detail is the mark of a good public servant.
  • Team Oriented – Troopers, and the law enforcement community in general, are a team. Individual components are not as valuable as the whole.
  • Professionalism – Being professional means being punctual, courteous, prepared and well-groomed. It also means having and showing respect for every person a trooper encounters.
  • Adaptability – A trooper’s job is never the same from one day to the next. Troopers must be able to make changes quickly and still perform the job to the highest degree.
  • Self-Discipline – or stated another way, Accountability. Every trooper must recognize what job needs to be done, and then do that job well. Law enforcement officers have a responsibility to those they serve to be accountable for their actions.
  • Performance Driven – Being performance driven means working hard, with success measured in both quantity and quality. We are constantly reminded of our mission to save lives and reduce injuries and economic losses on the streets and highways of Ohio.
  • Officer Safety – This is the final core value that we instill in our troopers. They must maintain a high level of awareness in every situation.
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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