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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.

For information and openings visit OSHP Auxiliary on Police App.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Preliminary qualifications include:

  • United States citizen
  • Valid driver license
  • 21 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.

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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