The Fraternal Order of Police said on Thursday that it was not happy about the Ohio State Highway Patrol's plan to crack down on dangerous driving in three cities, including Columbus.
In June, troopers will also focus on dangerous driving, with around-the-clock operations also planned for Cincinnati and Cleveland, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.
"We've gone from having troopers from adjacent patrol posts provide that visibility on (Interstate) 270 to having 17 troopers assigned here in Franklin County," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Gary Lewis.
Franklin County leads the state in traffic fatalities. Troopers said that they have investigated 20 fatal crashes so far in 2012.
The FOP, the union that represents police officers and sheriff's deputies, is complaining because Ohio budget cuts have forced layoffs of both officers and deputies.
"Look at all the agencies in Franklin County, these interstates are pretty well covered," said Michael Weinman, the FOP's Director of Government Affairs.
Weinman argued that the state is funding three Ohio State Highway Patrol classes this year.
The FOP pointed to the patrol's increased involvement in drug seizures in Ohio and a bid to serve as gaming agents in Ohio's privately owned casinos.
"I think all law enforcement agencies have the same goal; reduce crime and save lives," Lewis said.
A statement from Gov. John Kasich's office said that he believes both police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have the same goal to keep Ohioans safe, but said any suggestions that there is a secret plan to create a statewide police force is "completely silly."
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