The Division of Operations incorporates the functions of highway patrol, criminal
investigation, safety education and communications.
Patrol and Criminal Investigation. Uniformed
and plainclothes officers in twenty-one (21) districts and seven (7) investigative
zones work together to provide comprehensive law enforcement services to the public
and many county, municipal and federal law enforcement agencies. Troopers patrol the
highways, ensuring safer roadways by enforcing speed limits and traffic laws,
conducting truck weight inspections and overseeing hazardous materials control while
detectives known as "special agents" use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to
investigate such crimes as homicide, sexual assault, vehicle theft, fraud and forgery.
ISP agents, cooperating with federal and local police agencies, have helped crack
international narcotics rings, solve mass murders and apprehend international
Across the state, uniformed officers also perform specialty
functions. Specially trained canine (K-9) units and Special Weapons & Tactics
teams may be called to aid in a wide range of emergencies or investigations, such as
narcotics trafficking, searches for missing persons, and hostage situations. ISP also
provides air operations support to search for missing persons, recover fugitives, spot illicitly grown marijuana, and help enforce traffic laws.
Safety Education officers are available to youth and community groups for a variety
of traffic and personal safety programs.