COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for a few good men, or women. Recruitment is under way for filling the ranks of highway patrol troopers, and applications are being accepted for the OSHP Academy which is the first step for those interested in seeking a rewarding career in law enforcement.
Todd Carpenter worked as a trooper at the Mount Gilead Post of OSHP for many years and is now working as a recruiter. He is looking for students to fill 100 open spots in each of the academy classes scheduled for September, November and March.
To be a state trooper, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, an Ohio resident, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license and be 20 to 34 years of age. Troopers are responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on Ohio roadways, conducting vehicle inspections, operating commercial weigh stations, conducting aircraft and vehicle crash investigations, and providing security for state facilities.
Anyone wishing to apply for academy training must first meet with a recruiter and complete a State of Ohio Civil Service application. This is followed by a physical fitness exam, written testing, an online personal history questionnaire, a polygraph exam, a background investigation, a medical exam and a psychological assessment.