How to Become a Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer

OSHP officers are expected to live by their core values each and everyday they go on duty. These core values include: Honesty, Sense of Urgency, Attention to Detail, Team Oriented, Professionalism, Adaptability, Self-discipline, Performance Driven and Officer Safety.


Those who want to join the ranks of the Ohio State Highway Patrol can do it either online or apply in person in the OSHP office Columbus, Ohio.

Steps

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    Go on a ride-a-long program to know the real life duties of an OSHP officer to help you decide if you are up to the challenge or not.
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    You must pass all the basic requirements
    • Must be a US Citizen
    • Between 20 and 34 years of age.
    • Possess a valid driver's license.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED.
    • A resident of Ohio.
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    Apply for an interview by submit an application form online here http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/recruit/apply.html
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    Complete a pre-physical evaluation. The pre-physical evaluation includes vision, height and weight tests. OSHP requires you to have and uncorrected vision no worse than 20/125 that is correctable to 20/20 monocular vision, if you don't meet these requirements, you will not be permitted to continue with the application process. You will also be informed about the minimum height, weight and body fat percentage requirements, if you fail to meet these requirements you will not be permitted to continue with the application process.
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    Complete the physical fitness test. These are divided into 4 areas: the endurance test, timed push ups, timed sit-ups and grip strength.
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    Take the entrance examination. This is a written test that will help determine your cognitive and educational potential as well as your interpersonal skills.
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    Take the Polygraph exam.
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    You will be given a conditional offer of employment upon approval by the screening committee.
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    Go through a thorough background investigation. Everything about your past will in investigated, everyone you know or have worked with in the past will be contacted - former employers, co-workers, school officials, physicians, family and friends.
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    Go through a complete medical examination to be done by a licensed physician of the OSHP to help determine if you pass the fitness level requirements to become a patrol officer.
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    Go through a 2nd physical fitness assessment to be sure you have maintained your physical fitness.
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    Go through a psychological assessment and psychological assessment interview to be done by a licensed psychologist.
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    If you pass the strict requirements, you will given a final acceptance of employment.
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    Complete 7 months of intensive academy training. All trainees will receive an hourly salary of $18.66 per hour plus other benefits while in training. Trainees will have to live inside academy premises 24hrs per day, 5 days a week.

Tips

  • Make sure you are in top physical shape prior to attending the physical tests because you will sign a waiver relieving the OSHP of any liability / responsibilities of any injuries incurred during the physical tests.
  • Bring additional clothes during physical activities. Also bring running shoes for running exercises.
  • Application process typically lasts around 4 to 6 months

Warnings

  • You can be injured in any of the tough physical tests, make sure you stretch and be in shape!

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