Governor Mike DeWine announced nearly $6 million Monday to aid the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) with funds for enhancing its aviation technology for improved air support to local law enforcement agencies across Ohio.

OSHP funds are part of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program created in 2021 to give local law enforcement additional tools to address violence and fight crime. 

The funding will specifically go toward improving OSHP's live-streaming aviation technology beyond Columbus and Akron.

"During dangerous and evolving situations, our OSHP flight crews have a birds-eye view of the scene below, but it's just as important for on-site incident commanders to have this perspective as well," said DeWine. "By extending this live-streaming technology across more parts of the state, OSHP will better support local law enforcement during emergencies by offering them the opportunity to see the same real-time aerial views that our flight teams are seeing from the air."

The equipment will tie into new and existing Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) towers to establish communication between the flight crew and the ground.

DeWine has awarded over $86 million to 171 Ohio law enforcement agencies as part of Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program.