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ODPS Director of Communications
Kristen Castle
(614) 728-4623

ODPS Assistant Director of Communications /
Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Lindsey Bohrer
(614) 752-6585

Emergency Management Agency
Jay Carey
(614) 799-3695

Emergency Medical Services
China Dodley
(614) 466-2551

Office of Criminal Justice Services
China Dodley
(614) 466-2551

Ohio Homeland Security
Communications Office
(614) 466-4344

Ohio State Highway Patrol
Patrol Public Affairs
(614) 752-2792

Ohio Investigative Unit
Julie Hinds
(614) 752-2401


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Bureau of Motor Vehicles  

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which oversees driver and motor vehicle licensing and registration, continues to make services more convenient, efficient and cost-effective. A good example of BMV’s strong commitment to improving customer service is the creation of OPLATES.com – a website that hundreds of thousands of Ohioans use each year to renew their vehicle registrations and perform other business transactions with the BMV.


Emergency Management Agency  

The primary mission of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency is to coordinate activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, both natural and man-made. This mission is carried out by closely interfacing with local, state and federal agencies in an effort to bring resources of recovery and support to Ohioans impacted by the disaster. Ohio EMA agency activities, in addition to disaster response and recovery include: education, training, planning, preparedness, strengthening Ohio's first responder capabilities and improving communication across the state.


Emergency Medical Services  

In case of a sudden medical emergency – like a heart attack or stroke – Emergency Medical Services ensures that you or a loved one will receive the highest quality of care. EMS oversees the certification of emergency medical technicians and firefighters and provides that these people in lifesaving roles are properly trained, educated and prepared for emergency situations.


Office of Criminal Services  

Through its research, technology, grants administration and programmatic initiatives, the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services serves agencies and communities committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio. OCJS administers nearly $20 million in state and federal criminal justice funding every year. OCJS identifies justice issues, evaluates programs and develops technology, training and products for criminal justice professionals and communities. OCJS also helps save lives and reduce injuries on Ohio's roads through leadership and partnering efforts with others interested in traffic safety, utilizing the most innovative and efficient methods possible of managing state and federal resources.


Ohio Homland Security  

Protecting Ohioans from potential acts of terrorism is central to Public Safety’s mission. Homeland Security was established as a new division within Public Safety in September 2003 to strengthen Ohio’s commitment to addressing the new threats and challenges of terrorism in wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.


Ohio State Highway Patrol

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism. The Patrol offers statewide emergency response services, investigates criminal activities on state-owned property, and provides security for the Governor and other dignitaries.