Tom Shamshak owns and operates Shamshak Investigative Services, Inc., a Boston, Massachusetts private investigation and security consulting firm that was established in July 1999. Tom’s firm specializes in criminal defense investigations, cold case murders, and missing person cases. Tom also consults as a police procedures expert and has worked for both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel. He has testified in federal and state court as a police procedures expert. Tom is a retired law enforcement professional. During a 21 year career, Tom worked in three Massachusetts municipal police departments, and served as a police chief of two communities. Tom is a Life Member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Suffolk University, a Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and has pursued doctoral studies at Boston College.
During his law enforcement career, Tom was a police trainer and served as a police academy director. He has taught a variety of police recruit, supervisory, management, and executive training subjects, including Interviewing and Interrogation. In addition, he served as a college instructor and has taught criminal justice and sociology courses at Anna Maria College, Boston College, and Middlesex Community College. During the period 2005 - 2014, Tom served as the Program Director and Lead Instructor of Boston University’s Certificate in Professional Investigation.
Tom is affiliated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Since 2005, he has been a member of Project ALERT, a division that investigates unsolved missing children cases.
Tom has made numerous appearances as an expert commentator on local and national television networks and news magazine broadcast. He has provided commentary on a variety of topics including criminal investigations, unsolved murders, missing persons, security matters, and terrorism. He has appeared on CNN, HLN, Court TV, Tru TV, Fox News, Investigation Discovery, 20/20, and local Boston affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX,
NBC, and NECN. He has also served as a consulting investigator for the A&E reality series, Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, and he appeared in four episodes.
Tom is a Past President of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts.