Commander Tom Bruce
Commander Tom Bruce began his career with the Cypress Police Department as a police officer trainee on April 7, 1988, and promoted to the rank of police officer shortly after on May 30, 1988. On September 29, 2000, he advanced to the position of police corporal and he promoted to police sergeant on May 9, 2003. After participating in a competitive examination process, Tom advanced to Police Commander on June 21, 2013.
Commander Bruce has attained his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory P.O.S.T. certificates. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, class 236, and holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. He was named the Cypress Police Officers’ Association Officer of the Year in 2000 and received the Cypress Police Department’s medal of distinction in 2007 for his efforts in developing the Department’s technology.
During his tenure, Tom served as a bike patrol officer, field training officer, K-9 handler, detective, and Chief’s Adjutant. He has served as a sergeant in all three divisions: Operations, Administration, and Investigations, and his sergeant ancillary duties have included PIO, Regional Mobile Command Post team manager, K-9 Unit supervisor, Jail and PSOs manager.
Tom is married to his wife, a former public safety dispatcher for the Garden Grove Police Department and Metro Cities Fire Authority (Metro-Net), and they have one child.