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Duties and Responsibilities

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency dedicated to professional law enforcement service. The Patrol provides:

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 1,400 officers. In addition, about 1,000 support personnel, including driver examiners, 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 10 districts, with seven districts containing six posts, two districts containing five posts, and a regional headquarters which is (in eight of the nine districts) located at one of the posts. The Ohio Turnpike comprises the 10th district with three posts, administrative offices in Cleveland, and a headquarters in Berea. 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 its road troopers, the Patrol trains and maintains 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 Jeep Cherokees, 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.

During 2004, troopers assisted over 517,000 motorists and investigated more than 82,000 crashes. Over 549,000 traffic arrests were made, including 25,112 for OVI, 100,342 for safety belt restraint violations, and 64,991 commercial vehicle violations. In addition, troopers issued 475,919 warnings.

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