Ohio Highway Patrol Opening Up Careers in Criminal Justice

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The Ohio Highway Patrol (OHP)  is offering what is beginning called unprecedented job opportunities for people interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. According to the Newark Advocate, the patrol is looking to fill approximately 200 job openings over the next several months for positions that include criminal investigation, executive security, crash reconstructionists, pilots and recruiters.

Eligible candidate would have to enroll in the OHP cadet academy for 7 months in order to qualify for entry-level positions, which start at just under $50,000 per year. The academy is very intense, Trooper Todd Carpenter said, “but it’s necessary to prepare a person mentally and physically for the stress and all the factors of dealing with emergency situations.”

Carpenter said despite the unique opportunity, the OHP is having a difficult time finding interested candidates who want to add the career field to their resume.

What we’re also running into, it seems, Carpenter added “is a lot of people aren’t giving it a thought, it seems. People for some reason aren’t seeing this as a career option for them right now.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for police and detectives are expected to grow by 7% through the end of the decade. 

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