2019 Veteran Hero Awards
Veteran First Responder
Organization Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Investigator Richard Olszynski is a 20 year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department he is a true representation of Service above Self. Rick was recruited and selected in March of 2018 for his current assignment in the Judicial Protection Unit. (JPU) Inv. Olszynski is a USMC Veteran who earned the rank of Sergeant serving 6 years active duty and 2 years in the Reserves. Olszynski is a mentor to young veterans starting out in their Law Enforcement careers. Olszynski has ancillary duties of being the only Investigator assigned to the Court Operations Command and The Sheriff’s Civil Unit. He was sought out due to his strong work ethic and superior organizational Investigative skillset. Rick carries a voluminous caseload managing new and ongoing threats to the Orange County judicial officers and Orange County Superior Court staff. A vast majority of many of the high priority cases Inv. Olszynski has managed require multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency coordination. He routinely collaborates with Specialized Units to ensure the safe execution of lawful services including Search Warrants, Threat Assessments, Gun Violence Restraining Orders, and Arrests. Rick manages a diverse and challenging caseload ranging from assaults, drug and weapon violations to threats against the judiciary and staff. Rick has consistently dedicated his time and effort going above and beyond to providing the best investigative services possible. He is respectful and courteous to his co-workers and cares about the people around him. He has a great understanding of current laws and has shown great proficiency and organization while preparing cases for filing with the DA office. Inv. Olszynski has received praise from O.C. Superior Court Judges, Judge Larsh, Judge Bromberg and The current Presiding Judge Nakamura for his dedication and thoroughness in investigating, arresting and assisting with successful prosecution of dangerous subjects who have threatened officers of the court and or their families. Since being assigned to the JPU, Rick has shown a great dedication and effort with mentoring newer Deputies preparing them for patrol operations. He has trained several veterans who are currently active Deputies. The Deputies selected for this mentoring program under Rick have successful transitioned and completed the rigorous patrol training required by our agency. Rick has dedicated his time and knowledge to ensure these newer Deputies have all the necessary tools needed to thrive and succeed in the next chapter of their careers. Rick can always be counted on for helping other Deputies that work around him. He has helped in numerous civil cases with tactical plan preparation and pre scouted the locations of bigger operations before civil deputies had to enforce court orders in executing eviction orders of the court. Rick takes great pride in helping other deputies to adhere to officer safety guidelines staying safe by doing threat assessments when needed. Rick is tasked with monitoring Sovereign Citizen’s and their potentially extreme unpredictable conduct while in court or dealing with our civil staff. Rick routinely makes effort to contact court and civil deputies to give them feedback on their report writing and case follow up. Rick keeps track of all problematic or violent subjects and notifies the appropriate court staff of their upcoming appearances. Rick has been the case agent on several significant cases. His first day in JPU, Rick was met with a case where a suspect threatened to shoot a judge. Rick showed his knowledge and experience and obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect the same day. The suspect was apprehended into custody and was successfully prosecuted for this crime. Rick recently had a case where a parolee with mental health issues was attempting to harass a judge who had presided over his past cases. Rick immediately investigated the case and based on the suspects’ voice alone he was able to identify the perpetrator. He immediately located the suspect and took him in custody the same day. Rick is always able to conduct his investigations with a sense of urgency and high level of competency. Due to his experience, Rick is also an excellent resource for other Department Investigators who often reach out to him for advice on their cases. Rick is very passionate regarding judicial security during large events where there is a significant presence of judicial officers of the Superior Court are present. Rick is responsible for conducting the event security plan and coordinating the staffing between OCSD and CHP JPU. Rick has also done an outstanding job on providing our judges upon their request with an in-home security walkthrough as well as their online footprint check. He has identified several lapses in a third party company tasked with deleting the judges’ online footprint and brought it to their attention. In an effort to further his professional development, Rick attends courses advancing his professional education with organizations such as California State Narcotics Officers Association, Asset Forfeiture, Southern California Robbery Investigators Association, Dignitary Protection, Warrants and Legal Issues, Funding Terrorism, Sovereign Citizen Extremists, Terrorism Liaison Officer Conference and OCSD Advanced Rifle Course. Rick currently is in the process of completing his Bachelors of Science Law Enforcement Degree and scheduled to graduate in 2020. In closing, as his direct supervisor, I take privilege in recognizing the integrity and hard work he puts into his daily responsibilities along with utmost priority to his peers safety. I would have the trust to work under his supervision knowing he puts the organization and overall well-being of his peers at the top of his daily priorities.