The men and women of The Ohio State University Police Division are sworn by oath to defend constitutional rights and to perform their duties for the principles of education, the enforcement of laws, and the protection of life and property. Our total staffing includes 59 sworn police officers.
To earn the distinction as a leader in policing through commitment to our core values.
We carry out our mission to the university committed to these values:
- Service: The principle of assisting others who need our help and the setting aside of our individual needs to accomplish our goal.
- Innovation: The commitment to generating and discovering new ideas and processes through creative inquiry.
- Respect: Treating all individuals with courtesy and dignity.
- Integrity: Our duties are performed with the utmost honesty, consistency of character and ethical standards.
- Diversity: The acceptance and appreciation of the differences in culture, thought, and experiences of all individuals and to integrate those differences in all we do.
In everything we do, Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration.
The Ohio State University Police Division has accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), confirming that OSUPD is meeting internationally recognized best practices of law enforcement agency standards. CALEA assessed the OSUPD on its programs and standards developed specifically for the college/university environment.
The Ohio State University Police Division has obtained Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement certification, formulated to improve community-police relations. OSUPD is meeting State of Ohio standards on bias-free policing, telecommunicator training, body-worn cameras, use of force, use of deadly force, agency employee recruitment and hiring, and community engagement.
Joint patrol began in 2008 as part of a mutual aid agreement between The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) and the Columbus Division of Police (CPD), which allows OSUPD officers to have jurisdiction off university property in limited circumstances. The mutual aid agreement also reinforces the understanding that OSUPD and CPD will share crime related information in an effort to investigate crimes, further inform the campus community of potential threats, and provide support services to students in need. As part of the joint patrol provision of the mutual aid agreement, OSUPD can designate a police officer to be partnered with a CPD officer to patrol and respond to the immediate off-campus area where many of our students live. Thus far, when staffing has allowed, the joint patrol program has generally consisted of one OSUPD officer working in that capacity with one CPD officer as their year-round assignment for their normal work week during the evening hours. In the future, OSUPD hopes to expand the program to provide nearly 24/7 coverage so an OSUPD officer is available to assist CPD officers already assigned to the university district on more than one shift. Our top priority is the safety of our campus community and we understand a majority of our students live in the immediate off-campus area. The OSUPD officer involved in joint-patrol acts as a liaison to the university, allowing OSUPD to provide additional resources to our students.