Get to Know RPD: Dispatcher Olszewski in 15th year with department

Rochelle Police Department Dispatcher Rob Olszewski is in his 15th year with RPD and currently works day shift.

‘I get to experience something new every day and be able to help people in their time of need.’

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Police Department Dispatcher Rob Olszewski is in his 15th year with RPD and currently works day shift.

Olszewski’s day-to-day responsibilities include handling administration and 911 calls along with dispatching for RPD, Rochelle Fire and the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District. He’s a certified training officer for new hires and assists with car seat installations.

Olszewski was born and raised in Rochelle and graduated from Rochelle Township High School and went to Kishwaukee College for law enforcement. He’s certified in LEADS, 911 call taking, police, fire, and EMS dispatch and car seat tech and has had training in active shooter, hostage negotiation, suicide prevention and domestic violence.

Dispatching was never a career Olszewski saw himself doing while he was growing up. 

“I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to be a police intern through Kishwaukee College, and RPD happened to have a dispatch position open up during that time and I have been here ever since,” Olszewski said. “I get to experience something new every day and be able to help people in their time of need. Also, I’m lucky to say I get to work with some of my closest friends.”

In his off time, Olszewski enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and practicing sports with his kids, going to sporting events and working out. He’s a volunteer with the Flagg Center Fire Department of the OLFPD. 

Over his 15 years, Olszewski said he’s had many memorable experiences and calls. One stands out.

“I’ll always remember a call I took for an infant that was choking,” Olszewski said. “I was able to coach the parents on how to remove the obstruction and was happy to hear the child crying in the end (which is a good thing).”

Olszewski said he believes the RPD is full of “caring, hard-working individuals” that strive to do their best to help and protect people 24 hours a day, on weekends and on holidays.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my co-workers (blue, red, and gold) for always being there for support and friendship,” Olszewski said. “I especially want to thank my wife, kids and family for always being supportive, understanding and loving through the roller-coaster ride that this profession can be.”

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