Sergeant Chris Olsen began his law enforcement career as a reserve police officer for the Palm Springs Police Department in 1993. In 1995, he graduated from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy and joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1996. He was assigned to patrol the cities of La Quinta, Coachella, and the surrounding unincorporated communities.
In 2002, Sergeant Olsen was selected to serve as La Quinta’s first deputy sheriff on the newly formed, multi-agency, Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force. In 2004, Sergeant Olsen was promoted to the rank of Sheriff’s Corporal and remained on the task force until he was promoted to sergeant in 2005.
Sergeant Olsen’s first two years as a sergeant were spent working patrol at the Cabazon Station. In 2007, he was transferred to work patrol at the Palm Desert Station. During his time at the Palm Desert Station, Sergeant Olsen served as the training sergeant and was the station’s liaison for the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team.
In 2010, Sergeant Olsen was transferred to supervise the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team-East. Sergeant Olsen was transferred back to the Palm Desert Station in 2012 and he was assigned to supervise the Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team. In 2014, Sergeant Olsen transferred to Court Services-East and supervised the Civil Bureau.
In September of 2016, Sergeant Olsen was transferred to the Thermal Station where he supervised patrol and the field training program. In August of 2018, Sergeant Olsen was selected as the La Quinta Police Administrative and Traffic Sergeant. In this position, Sergeant Olsen is responsible for supervising the Traffic Enforcement Team, School Resource Officer, and the La Quinta Volunteer Program. Additionally, he supports the daily police administrative duties for the La Quinta Sheriff.