Course Length: 2.5 Hours
Meet your Instructor
Instructor - Portland Community College
Mr. Aaron T. Olson has a Masters of Education from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. For six and a half years, Mr. Olson worked for the Local Government Personnel Institute (LGPI) as a part-time investigator for human resources issues. Mr. Olson is a retired Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol sergeant and shift supervisor with 26 years of police experience. He managed assignments in communications, recruitment, and patrol; supervising and evaluating both police and non-police employees. He was a member of the OSP Procedures and Rules Advisory Committee and worked with Oregon's Department of Justice in rewriting and validating OSP's trooper and cadet applicant hiring process. As a patrol supervisor, Mr. Olson directed major crime scenes and traffic crash investigations. Mr. Olson reviewed and approved administrative, police, and use of force reports. He investigated allegations of police officer misconduct, conducted background checks, and oversaw specialized tasks in community policing and dignitary protection. He taught a variety of topics at Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to students at the recruit, supervisory, mid-management, and executive management levels. In 2002, he was selected as Regional Trainer of the year by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.Mr. Olson has attended and completed the U.S. Army Instructor Trainer’s Course, Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Instructor Development Course, and the FBI Instructor Development Course.Mr. Olson has been a business and government consultant since 2003. He has provided customized training and staff development to businesses and government agencies. Staff development includes conflict resolution, mediation, and team-building strategies.Mr. Olson is a U.S. Army veteran, serving three years of active duty as an enlisted soldier in the Military Police Corps, stationed in Wurzburg and Augsburg, West Germany; and a combined 21 years of military service in the Oregon Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves in the enlisted and later in the commissioned officer ranks. He is retired U.S. Army Reserves.