Some Ohio State University football players recently spent hours with Columbus police officers during a patrol shift.

Binjimen Victor, a junior wide receiver; Kory Curtis, a sophomore quarterback; and Zaid Hamdan, a freshman defensive tackle, recently did a ride-along.

"Ride-alongs with our officers are open to the public," according to a post on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook page dated June 26. "Many people do ride-alongs to see if law enforcement could be their future career. It's an eye-opening experience. You can even pick what part of the city you'd like to check out."

No word on whether any of the Buckeyes hope to don a badge and uniform after graduation. Two of the players wanted to do ride-alongs because they had high school resource officers who made an impact on their lives as students.

Job seminar slated for those wanting to be Columbus officers

The city is working to hire more police officers.

Columbus police are holding a job seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 at the Chief James G. Jackson Columbus Police Academy, 1000 N. Hague Ave. on the city's West Side.

Officers will be available to discuss topics including the testing process, benefits and physical fitness standards. The minimum fitness requirements include a 300-meter run, one-minute sit-up test and a maximum push-up test. The standards to pass the tests are based on the recruit's age and gender.

As a recruit, the pay is $53,934.40 annually — $25.93 per hour — which increases once the officer is sworn. After 48 months on the force, the annual salary jumps to $82,575, or $39.70 per hour.

Applications are being accepted through July 31. For more information, contact the division's recruiting unit at 614-645-4642 or jobs@columbuspolice.org.

Patrol to crack down on unsafe driving

This week, as State Highway Patrol troopers step up enforcement efforts, they will focus on targeting motorists who fail to yield, unsafely change lanes and follow too closely around large trucks.

Last year, 45 percent of commercial-related crashes were not the fault of commercial drivers, according to a news release from the patrol. Large trucks have limitations such as blind spots, require longer stopping distances and are limited in how they can maneuver on the roadways, according to officials.

"Crashes can be avoided by sharing the road with commercial vehicles," Col. Paul Pride said in the release.

The safety initiative will run through Friday in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Indiana.

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