New Byron SRO continues career of helping people
Ever since Tom Olson joined the Gold Cross Ambulance over 20 years ago, he has always enjoyed one thing.
Now, an Olmsted County Sheriff Deputy, Olson will be continuing to do just that in his newest role as the Byron Public Schools School Resource Officer.
Olson first became a deputy in 2008. He explained that he decided to pursue that career after working with different members of law enforcement through his role as a member of the Olmsted County and Rochester Emergency Response Unit.
“I got really interested in law enforcement through that,” Olson explained.
After about 10 years as a member of the ambulance department, Olson got his two year degree in law enforcement and soon after was hired with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
After working as a patrol officer for over five years, Olson made a switch in assignments and became a transport officer.
Although, the role on the surface may not seem like the type of role where a deputy can make a huge difference, Olson explained that the role was very rewarding for him, and he found that he had plenty of opportunities to make differences in people’s lives.
“I found it to be very rewarding,” Olson explained, “I had the opportunity to talk to the different people I was transporting and make real human connections with them,” he added.
After working as a transport deputy for a little over four years, Olson decided to take on the new role as the SRO mainly because he wants to be able to make a positive difference in young people’s lives.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to interact with folks when their young,” Olson said. “I am looking forward to be able to interact with young people and make a positive difference in their lives.”
Olson explained that now more than ever, allowing children to see the positive side of law enforcement is a very important thing, and Olson hopes to be able to help provide that through his new role.
“It's very important in today’s culture to show young people that not all interactions with law enforcement are negative ones,” Olson explained. “It's important to get the message out that members of law enforcement are approachable.”
Olson worked in his new role for about the last month of school, and he said that he is looking forward to building more relationships with students and staff members next year.
Although he was born and raised in Rochester, Olson currently resides in Byron and has two children in the school district.