Unique experiences, united purpose.

As a trooper, the Ohio State Highway Patrol offers numerous career opportunities. There's no limit what we can achieve together.

From the ranks of our road troopers, we train a number of officers in specialized fields. After learning the core job and two years of field experience, you can explore a specialty position.

Minimum Requirements

A cadet must turn 21 years prior to commission. The Ohio Revised Code 5503.02 stipulates that applicants must enter academy training prior to their 35th birthday. There are no exceptions or waiver.

High school diploma or GED.

Driver's License:
Must have a valid operator's license. Must obtain an Ohio driver's license prior to commission. Six or more points on your license is a disqualifier.

Applicant must be of good moral character.

Must be a citizen of the United States.

Must become a resident of the State of Ohio prior to commission (graduation from the academy).
You must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye separately, correctable to 20/20 monocular vision. Color vision must be normal.

Hearing level shall not exceed 30 decibels of loss at any of the following frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, & 3000 Hz in each ear.

Application Process:
Successfully complete every step of the application process.

Attend 24-26 weeks of paramilitary training academy located in Columbus, Ohio.

All uniformed employees, shall not have any visible tattoos, brandings, or body art while wearing any class of issued uniform. Optional wear uniform items or any other item that would cover/conceal a visible tattoo, branding, or body art may not be used in order to comply with the standard.


Troopers work a 40-hour week and are entitled to 11 paid holidays, four personal days, and 10 paid sick leave days per year. Our cadets are paid $18.66 per hour for 40 hours of work each week and receive benefits while in training.

Year Base Supplements* Longevity Overtime Total
1 $55,532.00 $3,328.00 ----- $3,198.00 $62,058.00
2 $58,074.00 $4,768.00 ----- $3,350.40 $66,192.40
3 $60,882.00 $4,768.00 ----- $3,512.40 $69,162.40
4 $64,022.00 $4,768.00 ----- $3,693.60 $72,483.60
5 $67,080.00 $4,768.00 $1,393.60 $3,950.40 $77,192.00
6 $70,450.00 $4,768.00 $1,664.00 $4,160.40 $81,042.40

*Includes a full year of shift differential and star level fitness pay


Troopers receive two to six weeks per year based on years of service.

Health Insurance

One full-month after employment, Troopers have the option to choose one of various health care packages. Troopers receive paid vision and dental insurance after one year of service.

Other Benefits

Workers compensation protection
Tuition reimbursement program
Uniforms and equipment provided
Highway Patrol Federal Credit Union


Troopers are eligible to retire at a minimum age of 52 with 25 years of service. The pension benefit is currently 61-79 percent of the average salary of the officer's highest five-year period of service.

Troopers are eligible to begin the promotional process with three years of service. We take leadership training seriously.

Our process starts with an introduction to the skills you will need as a supervisor. Mentors will teach you more about leadership and operations. A selection of electives will improve your management abilities.

How far you go is up to you, but every step of the way, our career development program will provide you with feedback to improve your performance and increase your professional development.

Highway Patrol Trooper

The purpose of the Highway Patrol Trooper is to enforce traffic laws and investigate criminal incidents and violations of certain laws within statutory jurisdiction. Troopers enforce traffic laws and investigate crashes and criminal incidents within statutory jurisdiction and/or perform one technical or specialized function related to law enforcement operations as assigned.

Highway Patrol Sergeant

The Highway Patrol Sergeant requires thorough knowledge of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper methods, procedures and traffic safety practices. Sergeants supervise highway patrol troopers and support staff activities on their assigned shift. Sergeants perform, coordinate, and oversee technical or specialized functions related to day-to-day trooper operations.

Highway Patrol Lieutenant

The Highway Patrol Lieutenant requires thorough knowledge of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper methods, procedures and traffic safety practices in order to, at Highway Patrol Post, act as post commander, manage all line, and staff operations of highway patrol post.

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At General Headquarters location, act as administrative assistant to staff lieutenant, captain or higher ranking uniform officer. Also, participate in the implementation of statewide highway patrol program policies and procedures, coordinate technical/specialty area, and supervise assigned staff.

Highway Patrol Staff Lieutenant

The Highway Patrol Staff Lieutenant requires thorough knowledge of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper methods, procedures and traffic safety practices.

At District Headquarters location, supervise lieutenants, sergeants, troopers, assigned staff in district headquarters operations, provide district-wide administrative oversight, technical assistance to post commanders, sergeants, troopers, lower-level supervisors, support staff at district-wide post sites and in absence of captain act as district commander;

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At General Headquarters location, act as assistant section commander in technical or specialty area, participate in formulation, implementation of state-wide highway patrol policies and procedures, and supervise assigned staff. Also at General Headquarters location, provide complex administrative assistance to higher-level administrator on statewide highway patrol programs, programmatic operations and supervise assigned staff.

Highway Patrol Captain

The Highway Patrol Captain requires thorough knowledge of trooper methods, procedures, traffic safety practices, investigation methods, practices. Also, possess considerable knowledge of supervisory/management principles, and techniques.

At General Headquarters location, direct and coordinate day-to-day activities of assigned office, assist Highway Patrol Major or other higher-level manager with office programs, supervise staff lieutenants, lieutenants and/or related uniform or non-uniform staff, participate in formulation, implementation of statewide office policies, and procedures;

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At District Headquarters location, act as district commander of highway patrol district and administer overall district-wide activities of district-wide highway patrol post operations, administer, manage and coordinate overall activities/operations of district headquarters operation and supervise staff lieutenants, troopers and related lower-level uniform and non-uniform staff

Highway Patrol Major

The Highway Patrol Major requires extensive knowledge of trooper methods, procedures, investigation methods, practices, traffic safety principles, practices, supervisory/management principles, and techniques.

At General Headquarters location, plan, direct, coordinate activities of highway patrol office, supervise lower-level supervisors, support personnel, act as management hearing officer for grievance hearings, pre-disciplinary hearings, formulate, implement statewide policies and procedures to ensure compliance with provisions of Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Administrative Code and local, state and federal criminal regulations

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel

The Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel requires extensive knowledge of trooper methods, procedures, investigation methods, practices, traffic safety principles, practices, supervisory/management/administrative principles, techniques in order to: act as assistant superintendent, administer, and coordinate staff/administration side of highway patrol division;

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Act as assistant superintendent, administer and coordinate line/operational side of highway patrol division, formulate, implement statewide highway patrol division program policies, plan, and direct, coordinate division's legislative, budgetary and financial programs, and assume duties of Highway Patrol Colonel, in their absence.

Highway Patrol Colonel

The Highway Patrol Colonel works under administrative direction from director of Public Safety and requires extensive knowledge of trooper methods, procedures, investigation methods, practices, traffic safety principles, management, supervisory principles and techniques in order to serve as superintendent of State Highway Patrol, administer overall operations of Division of State Highway Patrol per Sections 5503.01-5503.33 of Ohio Revised Code.

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 Instructor

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy Instructor address cadets on thier first day.

Administrative Investigations Unit (AIU)

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Trooper

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle stopped on the interstate.

Field Recruiter

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Field Recruiter.

Plainclothes Investigator

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Plainclothes Investigator adding caution tape around a scene.

Crash Reconstruction

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstructionist setting up 3d scanner to scan a crash scene.

Range Officer

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Range Officer speaking to cadets at the OSHP gun range.

Executive Protection Unit (EPU)

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Executive Protection Unit (EPU) officer protecting Governor Mike DeWine at the Ohio State Fair.

Polygraph Examiner

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Polygraph Examiner administering a polygraph test.

Criminal Patrol/Canine Officers

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.

Criminal Patrol/Canine Officer searching a vehicle.


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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation unit flying high about the city.

Special Response Team (SRT)

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team (SRT) officer getting into the back of a tactical vehicle.

Motorcycle Unit

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Motorcycle Unit's vehicles lined up in a row.

Capitol Operations

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.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Capitol Operations officer looking of the grounds at the Capitol building.