Whatever your interests, we probably have a position to match. Opportunities include specialized areas like commercial enforcement or drug interdiction. We also maintain a special team of troopers trained in weapons and chemical agent use, extraction techniques, and rapid response.
Below is a partial list of some of our speciality positions:
Academy instructors teach all aspects of law enforcement and participate in all physical fitness training with trainees. They assist in teaching a variety of classes at the Academy; these include in-service, civil disturbance, and Cadet and Basic Peace Officer curricula. Instructors may be tasked with researching and developing lesson plans and developing daily assignments for trainees. They instruct classroom portions of training or may be a role player in the practical application of that class.
Academy instructors teach all aspects of the Cadet and Basic Peace Officer curricula at OSHP's Training Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Instructors research and develop lesson plans, develop daily assignments, and participate in all physical fitness training with trainees. Courses taught by instructors include crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, and civil disturbance response. In addition to providing seated, classroom-based instruction, officers may also serve as role players in the practical application of course material. Apart from new officer training, Academy instructors provide annual in-service and advanced training to current OSHP personnel.
AIU handles all Administrative Investigations (AIs) and may conduct an investigation based on caseload. Officers are responsible for conducting all AIs for the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), reviewing all response to resistance case, reviewing all patrol car crashes in and handle all citizen complaints.
AIU handles all Administrative Investigations (AIs) in an assigned district, including AIs for the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU). Officers may conduct an investigation in another district based on caseload. Troopers assigned to AIU review all response to resistance cases, patrol car crashes, and citizen complaints.
AIU handles all Administrative Investigations for the Ohio State High Patrol, including AIs for the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU). AIU officers are primarily assigned to one Patrol district but may conduct an investigation in another district based on caseload.
A CMV trooper is a highly specialized unit within the Licensing and Commercial Standards section of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. These troopers are able to enforce both state and federal regulations regarding the movement of commercial motor vehicles. They are tasked with conducting commercial vehicle inspections, enforcing size and weight violations with portable scale teams, and serving as resources for field units regarding commercial vehicle enforcement. CMV troopers conduct a wide range of community outreach for commercial carriers and school districts, focusing on vehicle maintenance and proper vehicle operation. CMV troopers assist in the interdiction of bulk contraband and narcotics transported in commercial vehicles.
Field Recruiters are sworn officers from throughout the state who provide current recruitment information to posts, community organizations, and potential applicants in their area of coverage. Field Recruiters reflect the Core Values of OSHP and require strict adherence to OSHP standards, which include physical appearance, equipment maintenance, and physical fitness. A primary responsibility of Field Recruiters is to administer the written and physical entrance examinations for trooper applicants. These tests are administered based upon need. Field Recruiters are required to keep the Office of Recruitment and Diversity abreast of activities on a weekly basis. These details include, but are not limited to: speech details, community outreach, job fair recaps, phone calls, and e-mails.
Investigative Services is a component of the Office of Criminal Patrol. Pursuant to ORC 5503.02, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has jurisdiction to investigate crime on state owned and leased property. This includes state office buildings, state agencies, and correctional institutions. Investigators may conduct interviews with suspects, victims, and witnesses. They may be tasked with writing case narratives that explain steps taken throughout investigations. Investigators collect, photograph, and properly package evidence. Furthermore, they conduct polygraph examinations, perform pre-employment background investigations and perform data extractions of cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
Troopers with the Crash Reconstruction and Analysis Unit are the OSHP technical investigators concerning crashes. Crash Reconstruction troopers use some of the most advanced forensic mapping equipment available. They are on the cutting edge of utilizing that equipment and associated software to provide real world analysis of crash and critical incident scenes.
Range Officers are sworn officers that are responsible for the annual firearms and tactical training of all Division personnel, outside agency training, and the training of both Cadet and Basic Peace Officer classes. All academy instructors, to include range officers, must embody and reflect the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Core Values and standards of excellence. Range Officers ensure the safety of Division personnel by providing updates on current and new weapon tactics and evolving officer safety challenges.
The primary responsibility of EPU is to provide daily safety, security, and transportation for Ohio's Governor, First Lady, and the Lieutenant Governor. EPU is responsible for assessing all scheduled event locations and coordinating with local, state, and federal law enforcement prior to the arrival of each dignitary. Other responsibilities include providing assistance for out of state protection details with high profile dignitaries. EPU works closely with the United States Secret Service and federal protection details by assisting in coordinating all in-state movements of the president, vice president, and presidential cabinet members.
Polygraph Examiners are sworn officers who use a variety of instruments to measure respiratory, sweat gland, and cardiovascular responses to questions posed during an oral examination or pre-test interview. Officers then interpret the results of the examination to render an opinion as to the truthfulness of the examinee's responses. The types of examinations conducted include: criminal, pre-employment, and administrative tests. A polygraph examiner has to be a very good interviewer and interrogator. In addition to polygraph responsibilities, Polygraph Examiners are provided investigatory training and can be used in support of regular investigative operations. Those job duties consist of conducting criminal investigations, pre-employment background investigations, and response to critical incidents. Polygraph Examiners are also used to instruct various classes at the Academy and assist the Executive Protection Unit (EPU) or security details when necessary or needed.
Canine Officers are part of the Criminal Patrol program. Canine officers utilize behavior modification to train canines in the detection of narcotics or explosive components. Canines are also trained to help locate missing persons and track and apprehend suspects. Patrol canines are an integral part of the Criminal Patrol program, and canines and their handlers are responsible for some of the largest narcotic seizures in the agency's history. Officers assigned a canine are responsible for all grooming, feeding, and arranging for veterinary care. OSHP owns and operates its own canine training facility in Marysville, Ohio. The Patrol also provides canine training services for law enforcement around the state.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol owns and operates airplanes and helicopters for a variety of assignments, including: traffic enforcement, aerial surveillance, photo flights, drug eradication, emergency blood and/or organ transport/relays, searches, and manhunts. Aviation officers operate spotlights to locate and track fleeing suspects and/or vehicles, transport equipment, refuel aircraft, conduct pre-flight equipment checks, communicate with air traffic controllers, and attend pilot weather briefings.
A Trooper must have 5 years of experience working the road (not including Academy time) before they can attend SRT selection. SRT operations are varied and are subject to change frequently. OSP Arrest warrant operations are generally the daily operation of an SRT unit. In addition, units review pending arrest warrants entered by OSHP Districts and Posts along with those generated by OSHP activities. They will develop, complete, record information pertaining to warrant service operations in established SRT operating procedures. Units assigned to SRT will maintain proficiency in all aspects of tactical operations with regard to equipment utilization, tactics and deployment. Units will maintain administrative duties as deemed necessary for the effective operation of SRT and meeting the requirements put in place by OSHP command staff. Lastly, units will be available for callout 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
The motorcycle unit is a viable tool for enforcement of traffic laws, dignitary motorcades, and promotion of safe and efficient traffic flow. The motorcycle unit is used primarily in high density traffic areas and controlled access highways where enforcement and response are more difficult to accomplish with the traditional patrol car. Some qualifications a unit must have is: Possess a valid operator's license with a motorcycle endorsement for a minimums of two years. Additionally, they must have four years as a commissioned officer with the Division and must pass all phases of the Basic Police Motorcycle Operator's Course using Northwestern University Center for Public Safety curricula.
Troopers assigned to Capitol Operations patrol the Ohio Statehouse, senate, and/or related grounds. Officers performs checks on all floors to ensure security of doors and windows at the Rhodes State Office Tower and Capital Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB); conduct checks on all levels of underground parking garages to ensure cars are not stolen or vandalized; remove and/or arrests trespassers; and provide security for the governor and legislators. Officers also provide security at the DPS Facilities and make arrests of any individual brought to the BMV with an active arrest warrant.