Mission Review Task Force Committee Vote
Operational Efficiency Recommendations


1. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should commission a review of
state facility security strategies to determine if technology or staff strategies are
available that would provide improved protection. Special attention should be
given to the role of the divisions' police officers and state troopers.

All voted in favor of the recommendation
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2. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should commission a position by position review of the organization to determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for each.  The results of this study should be used to help better determine if a particular role can be best filled by sworn or civilian personnel and the appropriate rank for a sworn officer.  This review is not intended to reduce the total number of sworn OSP personnel.

All voted in favor of the recommendation with the exception of Davis, Long
3. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should commission a review of all paper intensive processes such as ticket writing, to ensure that the use of technology is being maximized to save money and eliminate redundancies.  The goal of implementing a paperless ticket writing ticket writing and issuing system should be considered.

All voted in favor of the recommendation
5. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should change existing policies on replacement of marked patrol vehicles to keep units in service fo a longer period of time.

All voted in favor of the recommendation
6. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should work to establish better communication between OSP and local law enforcement so there is a better understanding on the part of all parties regarding what services are available and welcomed.  The OSP should develop a position paper or policy that would go out to other law enforcement agencies, stating what assistance OSP can give as well as to what is available.  Example: weighing, inspections, SRT, aircraft, patrolling, dispatching, MARCS, etc.

All voted in favor of the recommendation

Recommendations for the consolidation of current operations

1. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should discontinue use of in-house medical staff to provide annual physical exams and instead have sworn personnel meet this requirement through the use of private physicians whose services are already covered through the existing medical insurance program.

This recommendation was voted down.


2. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should reevaluate the benefit of CALEA accreditation to determine if it is worth the ongoing costs of membership and compliance staff.

This recommendation was voted down.  

3. Local law enforcement agencies should be given the opportunity to bid along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol on the ability to police the Ohio Turnpike.

This recommendation was voted down.

4. The Colonel of the Ohio Highway Patrol  should review all facilities that are leased and owned by the Division to determine if they continue to meet current operational needs.  In particular as part of this analysis, consider the impact that improved technology has had that would allow for consolidation of posts and if driver license testing stations are properly located to best serve their targeted communities.

All voted in favor of the recommendation.


5. The Colonel of the Ohio Highway Patrol should review the aviation operations to ensure that each aspect of the unit, the AStar helicopters, the Cessna 172/182s and the Cessna Caravan are each producing results that justify the continued investment of operation dollars.

All voted in favor of the recommendation.

6. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should commission a review of the staff assigned to full time patrol duties and the supervisory staff overseeing their work.  It appears that theres is in excess of a 3 to 1 ratio trooper to supervisor.  

This recommendation was amended. The amended language will be provided when it is made available.  The amended recommendation passed.
Colonel Dicken with Todd Dieffenderfer, OAG's Office
Larry Davis (left), Ohio Trucking Association
Mike McCann, DPS Chief of Staff
Chief John Peach OACP
Chairman Pete Tobin BCI & I
Brian Newbacher Ohio AAA
Mark Drum (left)
Ohio FOP
Trooper Jim Foltz (left) OSTA & Robert Cornwell, BSSA
Larry Long, Ohio County Commissioners Association
Ohio Representative William Batchelder
Ohio Representative Connie Pillich
Ohio Representative Mark Schneider
Senator Ray Miller
Senator Tom Patton
Senator Steve Buehrer
4. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should review all services provided by his organization including where the Colonel can cut or combine posts or services provided and make the best uses of available technology.

All voted in favor of the recommendation
7. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Buckeye State Sheriffs Association should collaborate in developing a brief questionaire to be given to all 88 county sheriffs regarding the sheriff's working relationship with OSHP.  the questions would include that which is positive and working; that which is negative and not working and what is the Sheriff's opinion as to what is needed to improve communication and develop a healthy professional working relationship with the OSHP.  the outcome of the questinaire is to put on the table specific issues that could be address and worked upon by both OSHP and the BSSA so that the EFFICEINCY of the OSHP and sheriff's offices would be improved relative to the professional working relationships with the county sheriffs and the issues would be clear and specific.

This recommendation was amended.  The amended language will be provided when it is made available.  All voted in favor of the amended recommendation with the exception of Cornwell, Charles, Batchelder, Pillich
Funding Recommendations

8. The Ohio General Assembly should increase the state motor fuel tax by and amount sufficient to fully fund the current needs of the Highway Safety Fund and provide for its long term solvency.

Tabled by a vote of the committee, no action taken

9. The Ohio General Assembly should re-appropriate existing state motor fuel tax proceeds away from the present beneficiaries in an amount sufficient to fully fund the current needs of the Highway Safety Fund and provide for its long term solvency.

Tabled by a vote of the committee, no action taken

10. The Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol should commission a study to determine whether all non-uniform (civilian employees) funded by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Fund 36, are actually working for the Division of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

All voted in favor of the recommendation.
Overlapping Services Recommendations

1. The Ohio General Assembly should amend the Ohio Revised Code to allow properly trained local law enforcement officers to enforce current motor carrier safety programs.  The PUCO's civil forfeiture system should be used for violations instead of county courts.  Results of all roadside inspections should be uploaded to the PUCO and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

This recommendation was amended.  The amended language will be provided when it is made available.  All voted in favor of the amended recommendation.

2. The Ohio General Assembly shoud amend the Ohio Revised Code to allow county governments to contract with the Ohio State Highway Patrol or other county governments in order to fulfill exisiting legal mandates that require weights and measures enforcement to be completed by the sheriff using county road funds.

This recommendation was amended. The amended language will be provided when it is made available.  All voted in favor of the amended recommendation.

3. Request opinion from the Ohio Attorney General to clarify the authority of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers to act in non-emergency situations outside of their jurisdiction.

This recommendation was amended. The amended language will be provided when it is made available.  All voted in favor of the amended recommendation.


Recommendations submitted since the June 2nd meeting
Operational Efficiency

1. The General Assembly should regularly review the current funding for the OSHP and should take measures, including increased fee based options or alternative funding sources to maintain an adequate funding of the Ohio Safety Fund and the services provided by the OSHP.

This recommendation was passed.

2. The Ohio General Assembly should re-appropriate existing state motor fuel tax proceeds away from current beneficiaries in an amount sufficient to fully fund the current needs of the Highway Safety Fund and provide for its long term solvency as well as provide financial support to county sheriffs.

This recommendation was tabled.

3. The Ohio General Assembly should increase the state motor vehicle fuel tax by an amount sufficient to fully fund the current needs of the Highway Safety Fund and provide for its long term solvency as well as provide financial support to the county sheriffs.

This recommendation was tabled.
Overlapping Services

1. If the Ohio Attorney General's formal opinion states that the OSHP troopers do not have the authority to assist local law enforcement agencies in "non-emergencies", that the Task Force recommends that the General Assembly amend the current Ohio Revised Code to "enable" OSHP troopers and local law enforcement agencies to enter into "Request for Assistance Agreements" to enable OSHP troopers to have peace officer authority to take lawful enforcement action outside the jurisdiction if:

a) an OSHP trooper, while in the performance of his/her regular duties observes a crime of violence, theft, or felony taking place outside his/her lawful jursidiction while the local aw enforcement agency is not on-site; and that there is an immediate risk of physical harm to a person or that there is a risk that the perpetrator of said crime would flee the scene prior to the arrival of local law enforcement, the OSHP trooper may rneder immediate law enforcement action pending notification and arrival of the local law enforcement agency; and

b) the OSHP trooper notifies the local law enforcement agency of the situation at the earliest opportunity, and

c) an OSHP trooper may render emergency or non-emergency law enforcement assistance to the local law enforcement agency if the local law enforcement agency requests said assistance for the purpose of OSHP acting in support of the local law enforcement agency; and

d) a "Request for Assistance Agreement" has been previously agreed upon between the two agencies.

This recommendation was passed.

2. A recommendation to have the Ohio General Assembly review the consolidation or collaboration of the OSP Academy with Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC).

This recommendation failed to pass

3. A recommendation to merge LEADS and OHLEG and other state data repositories using the SEARCH report generated several months ago.

This recommendation was amended.  The amended version failed to pass.

4. A recommendation to review consolidating dispatching services with local agencies that have this service available in each county.

This recommendation failed to pass.

5. Computer Crimes Unit should be reviewed to allow for collaboration and consolidation with BCI&I.

This recommendation failed to pass.

6. A recommendation to review the feasibility of disbanding the Special Response Team Unit since most local law enforcement agencies have the capability available on their own or by mutual aid.

This recommendation was passed in an amended form.  The amended language will be provided when it is made available.

7. A recommendation to better utilize the Caravan aircraft, with its surveillance ability, should be transferred to Ohio Homeland Security for real time information in the event of a man made natural disaster.  This also would be useful for Infratructure information of assets.

This recommendation failed to pass.

8. A recommendation to merge the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab with the BCI&I Crime Lab.

This recommendation failed to pass.

9. A recommendation to merge the Crime Lab with BCI&I lab services.

This recommendation failed to pass.

10. The Colonel of the OSHP should review the Polygraph services of the OSHP with BCI&I.

This recommendation failed to pass.

11. The Ohio General Assembly should review the OSHP Criminal Intelligence Unit and look toward consolidation of all criminal intelligence units within state government.

This recommendation failed to pass.