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Expert Opinions

Mr. Olson provides expert witness opinions on police practices and human resources practices. He assists attorneys on civil and criminal cases and insurance companies.

Aaron T. Olson has decades of experience in the field of Police and Human Resources. His foundation of knowledge and skills comes from a career in law enforcement, and being a college educator, expert witness, consultant, trainer, and private investigator.

Background Experience: Mr. Olson has 26 years of police experience with the Oregon State Police managing assignments in communications, recruitment, and patrol. He supervised and evaluated 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 legal team in rewriting and validating OSP’s trooper and cadet applicant hiring process.

As a patrol supervisor, Mr. Olson directed major crime scenes and motor vehicle fatalities investigations. He reviewed and approved administrative, police, and use of force reports. He investigated allegations of police officer misconduct, conducted background checks, and participated in specialized tasks in community policing, dignitary protection with the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies. In his tenure he had experience in police pursuits, the use of physical force and deadly force and next-of-kin death notifications.

Mr. Olson is a former human resources investigator with Local Government Personnel Institute, Salem, OR. He conducted background and misconduct investigations on city and county employees and city and county elected officials, as well as city police chiefs. His misconduct investigations included sexual harassment, discrimination retaliation and hostile work environments. He wrote the investigative reports and made the findings of facts on all misconduct allegations.

Mr. Olson is also a private investigator. He is insured and bonded and licensed through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Private Investigator License #113509.

Mr. Olson is a published co -writer of multiple books, CARE Approach: Seeking Solutions to Human Problems and Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society. Further, he is an adjunct professor teaching at a community college and state university.

Litigation Support: Mr. Olson meets the criteria of an expert witness as outlined in the Federal Rules of Evidence. He has experience as an expert on cases involving police misconduct, police procedures, police and non-police use of force, police pursuits; wrongful death; personal injury; employer investigations on employees; and cases involving employer negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent supervision, negligent retention, management performance and retaliation. Mr. Olson’s services are available to attorneys’ representing plaintiffs and defendants and include diagnostics, thorough reporting, depositions, arbitration hearings, and trial testimony as needed.

Contact him today for a free initial consultation.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Police Procedures, Investigations, Arrests, Pursuits, Use of Force, Officer Involved Shootings and Wrongful Deaths
  • Expert Opinions on Human Resources, Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Employee/Employer Misconduct Investigations and Reports
  • Expert Opinions on Employer, Government and Media Investigations
  • Meets the criteria of an expert witness as outlined in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 702, and Oregon Revised Statutes, 40.410, Rule 702