Rich Kolko

Professional Experience

Hired in 2019 as the Safety and Security Specialist at WINK News. FBI Special Agent 1996-2017 serving in Atlanta, New York, FBI HQ and Quantico, VA. Served in the Navy, both on active duty and the reserve, retiring as a Commander in 2011.

News Philosophy

Work to help the citizens of SWFL keep their family, home, cyber, and finances safe and secure.

Hobbies & Interests

Flying, fishing & luge.


Masters in Homeland Security from American Military University, Bachelors in Communications from the University of Miami.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people along with the weather and no DC traffic!


Poughkeepsie, NY.


How to identify victims of human trafficking

Amid 10 men facing charges for human trafficking in Hernando County, Rich Kolko, safety and security specialist, looked at how our agencies across the...

How to stay safe when you travel abroad

Safety and security is a big concern for anyone traveling out of the country right now. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suspended all...

How to protect from scammers stealing paychecks or social security

Most of us direct deposit our work or social security checks. But according to Collier County Sheriff’s Office, scammers have found a way to...

How the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is keeping you safe on the water

With miles of coastline and water as far as the eye can see, how do local law enforcement agencies keep them secure? With a...

War veteran uses technology to battle against predators and keep your kids safe

From rooting out the enemy overseas, to rooting them out back at home, there's a new type of 'hero' in town working hard to...
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LCSO helicopter unit is ready for any emergency

When moments count, the Lee County Sheriff's Office takes flight. A full-time helicopter unit is on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. September...

How to monitor your kid’s devices, keeping them safe

Kids with electronics can be exposed to dangerous situations such as predators and drugs. So, we looked at ways to keep them safe. Behaviors on...

Should residents be concerned about terrorism threats in SWFL?

We spoke with WINK News Safety and Security Specialist, Rich Kolko about the amount of worry a citizen in Southwest Florida should have when...

Email scam hits 1,400 Floridians for 82 million dollars

Earlier this week, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), released its 2018 report . There were no shortages of scams. While people across the...

Florida victims of internet crimes, scams keep rising

It is more important than ever to protect yourself on the internet. Brand new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows cyber crimes...

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