Thomas Grimes NYPD Detective (Retired)
Owner and President NY Finest Speakers LLC
Mr. Thomas Grimes, a 20 year veteran Detective from the New York City Police Department, formed NY Finest Speakers in 2007. He is the owner and President.
Mr. Grimes began his Law Enforcement career in 1988 as a Police Officer at the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1993 he transferred to the Bronx Narcotics Division and was promoted to Detective in 1995. He investigated Major Cases as a member of the Organized Crime Investigation Division, The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and the Federal Drug Enforcement Task Force. Mr. Grimes was promoted to Detective 2nd Grade in 2006.
Mr. Grimes was also an original member of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, formed in 2004. This elite unit is made up of top investigators from the New York Police Department, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives., and the United States Secret Service. This unique investigative unit was the first of its kind in the United States.
He attended the New York City Criminal Investigation Course and the N.Y.P.D. Homicide Investigation School as well as investigative courses in Internet Exploitation, Money Laundering, Eavesdropping and Wire Taps, Counter Terrorism, Surveillance Techniques, Counter Surveillance Techniques and Dignitary Protection. Tom received numerous Police Department citations for Excellent Police Duty and Meritorious Police Duty as well as the United States Attorney’s Award from the Southern District of New York for Excellence , Dedication and Professionalism in 1999 and 2002 and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) award for Outstanding Contributions to Immigration Law in 1993.
Thomas has worked dignitary protection details in New York City for three United States Presidents, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, the United Nations General Assembly, and the Republican National Convention. His extensive experience has afforded him the honor of conducting investigations and briefing cases throughout the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
He has been the Keynote Speaker on Internet Awareness, Drug Awareness, Domestic Violence and Realtor Safety.
Prior to Law Enforcement, Mr. Grimes was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force.
Tom has represented NY Finest Speakers as a frequent guest on The Today Show and on national News in both the United States and Canada and is one of the featured Detectives in the non-fiction book “Turning Blue: A Life Beneath The Shield.
He is the Father of two adult sons and resides in New York.