Most people who know me, whether a brief acquaintance or a lifelong friend, are familiar with my deep appreciation and respect for our law enforcement officers and first responders. It can be difficult to put into words how grateful I am to those who put their lives on the line every day to protect each of us at home and on the roads.
This month, I’d like to give a shout out to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), which celebrated its 83rd birthday on Nov. 15.
Ohio’s first statewide policing bureau was created in 1933 with the passage of House Bill 270 by the 90th General Assembly. The legislation designated which laws the patrol would be responsible for enforcing, including those related to the registration and licensing of motor vehicles, motor vehicle use and operation on the highways, and the protection of highways.
Today, the OSHP continues these practices, with other additional responsibilities, like security for the Governor and the state legislature.
While doing the people’s work at the Ohio Statehouse, I interact with our state troopers on a daily basis. The dedication and loyalty they have to the patrol and to this institution are evident as they stand post downtown, from investigating a strange package left on the steps of the Statehouse to protecting citizens and members in our chambers during session.
Through my exchanges with the OSHP, I have heard the term “family” used quite a bit. That’s a concept I use a lot when referring to the members and staff of the Ohio House. The members of the House—just as the members of the patrol—are all unique individuals.
But we are each called to serve a common purpose, to do everything in our power each day to serve and represent the men, women, and children of the state of Ohio.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has a long legacy of excellence and professionalism, one that has thrived for 83 years. I commend each trooper and the organization as a whole for the work they do for our state.
Although they may not be thanked nearly enough, they are certainly appreciated by our members, staff, and myself. Because of them, we are able to safely do our work to improve Ohio for all of its citizens.
Happy birthday troopers, and thank you for your service.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) represents the 91st District, which includes Clinton County.