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State Troopers and Columbus Fire seeking new recruits

By Marivel Aguirre, La Prensa Reporter

[email protected]


The Columbus Civil Service Commission and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are seeking new recruits this season. Columbus fire’s deadline to apply has passed but there is still time to attend the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Career Expo in which the Highway Patrol will participate.


The deadline for the 2006 firefighter open application period was May 12, 2006. The 6th Annual Law Enforcement Career Expo will take place Saturday, May 20th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and it will be held at the Highway Patrol Academy located at 740 E. 17th Avenue in Columbus.


More than 33 agencies will participate in this Expo; among them, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio Attorney’s General Office (for a complete list of participating agencies and links to their websites visit the Expo website at http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/lawexpo.htm).


The list of agencies attending the Expo reads like a who’s who of local, state, and federal law enforcement. The fact that all these agencies will be together at one place will undoubtedly maximize the effectiveness of these recruitment efforts. This process also allows job seekers to comparison-shop and ask questions about their preferred agencies, all in one place.


According to statistics provided by the Office of Public Relations for the OSHP, last year (2005) the agency had a total of 2,055 applications for state troopers. Of those, 1,550 applicants were Caucasian, 463 African-American, 63 Latino, and 6 Native American/others.


Currently, of the 1518 troopers in the Ohio State Highway Patrol, only 46 are of Latino origin. That amounts to 3.03% of the troopers. Even though Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States, their numbers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol amount to 3.07% of all applications, which is greater than the 2.1% of Ohio’s population which is estimated to be of Latino origin. The OSHP wants to continue this upward trend in recruiting minorities.  


According U.S. Census Bureau statistics released in 2003 and based on the 2000 Census, Latinos now comprise nearly 14 percent of the U.S. population, which grew to 284.8 million in July 2001. That’s up from 35.3 million, or 12.5 percent of the country’s 281.4 million residents in April 2000.


What they do

An Ohio State Trooper’s job includes statewide traffic services to keep its roadways safe, statewide emergency response services and support services to the public and the criminal justice community, investigation of criminal activities on state-owned and leased property throughout Ohio, and security for the Governor and other dignitaries.


Aside from the Expo taking place May 20, there is also a Young Women’s Empowerment Conference on May 19, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 am at the Hyatt Regency, 350 N. High Street Columbus, Ohio.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol will also be at the Asian Festival 2006 on May 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The festival will take place at Franklin Park, 1777 E. Broad Street in Columbus.


For more information on the Ohio State Highway Patrol, visit:


For more information on firefighter applications visit:

Questions call: Civil Service Commission at 614-645-0879 
Columbus Division of Fire Recruitment Office 614-645-6387 





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