Tom decided to pursue another dream he had apart from acting in 1988, which was becoming a police officer like his grandfather who was a Michigan motorcycle officer in the 1930's. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department and while there, they used his acting skills to film numerous LAPD training films. Tom decided to leave the LAPD after working the LA Riots in 1992 and he joined the Simi Valley Police Department where he became a motorcycle officer. He used his law enforcement experience to continue his acting career part time and performed as a police officer in numerous TV shows, commercials and films. Tom recently retired as a full time police officer to devote all his time to his acting.