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Ohio State Highway Patrol Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  1. "Training Sergeant"

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    Current Employee - Police Sergeant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Police Sergeant in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very Professional and Mission driven agency.

    Cons

    Various schedules, long working hours.


  2. "The rules don't apply to them"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individuals come to the OHP to make a difference on the roads not to get rich. Troopers are the first line of defense to help keep drugs off the streets and to put a stop on human trafficking. The health and retirement benefits are great and so is taking your patrol car home with you everyday.

    Cons

    While they may say that the culture is paramilitary it's really worse. Imagine the power of law enforcement with the heavy influence of politics and you will quickly see why the turnover is high in the lower ranks. It becomes clear which Troopers don't play politics as they are the ones that don't make it past Sgt in 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of the patrol will not change because they only promote those who play politics. Stop trying to bring more people in and focus on why people are leaving.

  3. "Assistant Post Commander"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Post Commander in Portsmouth, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Post Commander in Portsmouth, OH

    I worked at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid organization with very high professional and accountability standards.

    Cons

    Dealt with many people under the worst conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain the professional standards that is part of their heritage.


  4. "Great Career"

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    Former Employee - Retired in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Retired in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time

    Pros

    If you want a job, the patrol is not for you. If you want a career, this is a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Minority recruitment and set numbers of women and minorities before a new class can start. This was a previous mandate set by Gov. V and it benefited the organization. This mandate should be re-established to ensure each class is indicative of the state of Ohio's census numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Educational requirements for promotion.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Former Trooper"

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    Former Employee - Trooper
    Former Employee - Trooper
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    OSHP provides some of the best initial training in the state.
    OSHP frequently offers additional courses to take in addition to the mandatory OPOTA trainings.
    Troopers are held to high standards - only qualified people will pass the academy.
    You have a lot of control over what you want to pursue in law enforcement.
    Promotions and movement to specialty sections is based on merit rather than pure seniority.
    OSHP provides quality equipment. You don't have to buy your own equipment.

    Cons

    Live in academy is difficult for cadets with children.
    If you aren't comfortable being monitored, this isn't a department for you: dash cams, belt mics, dispatch can see where you are and how fast you're going, every computer click is logged.
    All your equipment is provided, so you do not get to pick your preference for shoes or duty weapons.
    Quality of life is drastically different from post to post. Much of this depends on the staffing levels and
    As a new trooper, you will work the shift no one else wants, drive the worst car on post (if you are assigned a car and not sliding seats) and work every holiday. At some posts it takes a long time to move up in seniority.


  6. "Trooper"

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    Current Employee - State Trooper in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - State Trooper in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good equipment and the training is good

    Cons

    Don't take care of their own

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your own


  7. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great values based agency to work for.

    Cons

    Some cons of the job include shift work, weekends and holidays.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The good ole boy network"

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    Former Employee - Trooper in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Trooper in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Equipment and uniform provided
    Take home car most of the time
    Not very many other pros for this job that can be mentioned

    Cons

    Almost every aspect is a "con" with this job. Very top heavy in management and most management never gives any compliments unless it makes them look good. They love to micro-manage and constantly run their employees into the ground. Management's response when confronted is "McDonald's is hiring". You're promoted by who you know not how good you are. This kind of management is exactly how the Ohio State Highway Patrol has continued to deteriorate over my years of employment. This is not just my experience, other troopers (some sergeants and lieutenants also) feel this way but are afraid for their jobs to speak up, so I will for them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop mistreating your employees and listen to the lower ranks. They're the ones who work the hardest for the least pay. Also, stop pressuring the troopers to give tickets and penalizing/harassing them when they don't produce the number of tickets you want! Police work is not about the number of tickets you give to the public. This advice is from someone with over 16 years experience.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been employed with the Highway Patrol for over 10 years and really enjoy my job. My co-workers and supervisors are very friendly and easy to get along with. In my opinion the compensation is very good and the benefits are excellent. In the District where I work it almost feels like a tight knit community where the employees look out for one another.

    Cons

    In a professional staff role, especially when you are not working at the General Headquarters, it can feel like there isn't a lot of opportunity for advancement. I believe there may be a different mentality when it comes to Columbus versus the outlying Highway Patrol Posts.

    Advice to Management

    More training on new software and hardware that is implemented would be appreciated. Give the IT field staff more responsibility when it comes to managing users across the District with regard to Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange. This will save a lot of time when new employees join and/or when employees move from one location in the District to another.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Commander in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Commander in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ohio State Highway Patrol full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The elite law enforcement agency in Ohio. You get what you put into it. excellent opportunity for advancement. Strong leadership.

    Cons

    No Pay raises in the past 10 years.


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