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OSHP Training

Speed Measuring Devices (SMD) Operator

Please visit the Public Safety Training Campus to register.


The use of radar and laser speed measuring devices and the training of police officers who use radar and lasers have come under scrutiny by the public, courts and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Radar and lasers are reliable and accurate speed measuring devices when used by properly trained, experienced operators. This five-day course surpasses the training criteria established by NHTSA and provides the training and practical experience required to ensure the proper operation of electronic speed measuring devices.

Topics covered in this course include introduction to radar/laser, theory and technical aspects of radar, theory and technical aspects of laser, target identification, SMD case law and pre-trial preparation, 17 hours of practical exercises, and moot court.

Equipment provided: Radars, lasers and vehicles for practical classes; SMD Course Manual.

Training Schedule

  • No. 190: May 17 - 21, 2021 CANCELLED
  • No. 191: October 18 - 22, 2021 CANCELLED

Course Details

  • Class size: 30
  • Meals provided: Yes
  • Lodging provided: When available; please contact the Academy Scheduler at (614) 466-4896.
  • Cost: None; NHTSA-funded


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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