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  • PaliBoy20
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    Don't mean to bump such an old thread but rather than starting a whole new one just to ask "can anyway answer my questions" I thought I'd post here..

    Any troopers willing to answer several questions I have about the department via personal message, please message me. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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  • TireMan
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    i was supposed to be in the last class, but it got cancelled due to funding. The newest word i got from the academy is that the next one will start summer 2009 at the earliest. i put in my application in Dec. of 2005. I processed for the 148th but the class was too full so there was 10 or so of us that were overflow and the i processed for the 149th and it got cancelled but is supposed to start in 2009 but no guarentees.

    Everyone that puts in an application takes the written, once. But with that score you get put on a list of 1000-3000. then they decide to have an academy and they process the top 100-150 on the list. SO YOU HAVE TO SCORE HIGH or you'll be on the list forever because 50-70 people take it every mont or so. it took me a year from my test date to be selected for processing. So i've been processed twice now. but i'm in the mix so i'll have to process again when the next one starts, the key is to be selected for processing. after that it's really just a waiting game. so, my advice is if you want to go to the academy, score high on the test and enjoy the ride. some troopers took 6 years or more so if it's not what you really want i'd look into something else. good luck either way.

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  • meanmattd
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    Be aware that OSP units are strictly traffic cops. VERY polished organization, however. Just 'cause you get in as a dispatcher does NOT mean you'll get a patrol position. Make sure you're in as a dispatcher/cadet or straight into the OSP academy. Find a recruiter and callhim/her. They'll give you the straight sh*t.

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  • bill198483
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    There is no OSP class but there will be a Basic Class starting the end of August.

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    Is there a class going through the Academy right now? Is anyone here currently processing for the Highway Patrol?

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  • bill198483
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    The recent graduates still awaiting positions are only waiting on the funds needed for them to become troopers. I was in the basic class throughout the time they found out and know all the current academy instructors. I spoke with several of them at my last training there and they said they were still waiting for the money.

    If they had a cadet they really wanted to get rid of, I am sure they would give them some "extra" attention during the academy to encourage them to quit

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  • just joe
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    Unless they have changed the rules it is true, and I got that from an instructor at the OSP academy when I was taking an in-service class there. If you are not appointed to some type of position you are simply released from service, very similiar to a probationary release. The reasoning I was given was that while you may have passed the class, you are too much of a goof-ball, a hole or whatever that you don't fit the mold or what they expect from an academy graduate and they don't want you. Look at the Rhode Island thread on their State Police, they operate the same way. Graduation from the academy does not guarantee employment. That said, the graduates you are talking about probably will be placed as troopers as soon as practical because they want them as troopers and think they will be successful in that role.

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  • FiremanMike
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    Originally posted by just joe View Post
    I would never apply for just that reason. Just because you graduate the academy doesn't mean you have a job as a trooper. The Super of the HP can appoint you or NOT appoint you--you are not guaranteed a job.
    I don't think this is entirely true, to my knowledge those that were placed as dispatchers will be appointed as troopers as soon as budget allows.

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    For those who are not appointed to trooper, what other areas besides dispatcher could they be appointed to? Are all who complete the academy guaranteed some type of state job if there isn't enough funding? Is there a chance that you could complete the academy and still have to sit at home and wait for a call?

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  • just joe
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    I would never apply for just that reason. Just because you graduate the academy doesn't mean you have a job as a trooper. The Super of the HP can appoint you or NOT appoint you--you are not guaranteed a job.

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  • bill198483
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    I believe they keep an active eligability list that incorporates multiple tests. They do aggressively rescruit but I just went through the Basic Academy Class and many of their Cadets did not recieve Trooper position due to lack of funding.

    They are a world class law enforcement organization but getting in and graduating from the Academy is a tough test

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    I was impressed by their website and it seems like they have a pretty aggressive recruiting campaign going on. Hopefully the budget gets straightened out. Does anyone know if they have a test for each academy class, or do they establish an eligible list and process multiple classes from the list?

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  • just joe
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    Very professional organization, strict hiring standards, and military style academy. Be aware that they are the "Highway Patrol," so, unless you get into an investigative unit, most of your activity will be traffic related. They stop a lot of drivers, so obviously they make a lot of warrant arrests and recover tons of drugs.

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  • FiremanMike
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    We don't really have a state police per se. The Ohio State Police Officers police various state facilities and fall under the authority of the OSHP. I don't really know the specifics of that though, because I know the troopers also handle crimes on state property. The highway patrol troopers in Ohio handle primarily traffic offenses on the interstates and state routes. Most posts handle all accidents in their assigned area, with the exception of more populated areas where accidents are handled by municipal departments.

    I will tell you that from my academy experience, the instructors that absolutely stood out the most were troopers. The level of professionalism in that organization is bar none. This is not a slam on any other organization, or any of my other instructors, but I was very impressed with their demeanor and knowledge.

    I have also heard that issue with the last graduating class being dispatchers, however I heard it was due to lack of budget for cruisers for them, so who knows really.

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    Originally posted by JKralC104 View Post
    I can tell you that they HATE being told they were your backup plan to a municipal department!
    Haha I can imagine that statement would upset them. You are correct, I was looking at the highway patrol. What is the biggest difference between the highway patrol and the state police?

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