Mr. Tomka started his
law enforcement career in 1974. After attending Rio Hondo Police Academy, he worked as police officer in the Los Angeles area
for several years. His assignments included patrol, investigations, criminal intelligence and special enforcement.
As a police officer, Mr. Tomka has investigated hundreds of criminal cases, which included narcotic/dangerous drug violations,
crimes against property, and crimes against persons, such as homicides. Mr. Tomka was a member of the Los Angeles County's
Crime Impact and Southeast Arson Control Teams. He also participated in a special anti-terrorism task force during the 1984,
Los Angeles Olympics as a member of a Special Enforcement Team.
LAW ENFORCEMENT/INVESTIGATIVE EXPERIENCE
In 1985, Mr. Tomka joined the Los Angeles
County District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Investigation. This criminal investigation agency, while not well known to the
general public, is responsible for investigating felony crimes. The Bureau is responsible for a geographic area including
the City of Los Angeles, all major cities within the county and 50 independent cities encompassing a population over 10 million.
Only eight states have larger population larger then the county of Los Angeles and the county covers over 34,000 square miles.
The bureau conducts full investigations, reviews and analyzes police reports and investigations, locates witnesses and suspects
in hiding or are difficult to locate, discovers evidentiary weakness in cases, investigates alibis, and conducting further
investigations as necessary. The L. A. District Attorney's Office prosecutes over 260,000 felony cases a year.
a member of the Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Tomka worked in the Bureau’s Criminal, Special Operations, Litigation Support,
and Fraud Divisions, He has worked assignments in organized crime including terrorist groups, child abduction, insurance and
major fraud, crimes against public justice, hardcore gangs, general crimes, fraud, warrants, and police/governmental misconduct.
Mr. Tomka was also a member of the Bureau’s Emergency Response Team (ERT).
During the 2000 Democratic National
Conventions in Los Angeles, Mr. Tomka was part of Emergency Response Team working as part of the Mast Arrest Support Team
(MAST) and received a letter of commendation from the Los Angeles Police Department for his work.
Mr. Tomka investigated
hundreds of cases, written numerous search warrants, and testified as an expert witness. He has received numerous commendation
and awards from District Attorneys and other jurisdictions nationwide, including a four-time nominee of the Jemison Outstanding
Investigator's Award. In 1999 he was awarded the Jemison Outstanding Investigator's Award, one of only 20 to receive the award
during his service period. He was also awarded the J. Edger Hoover Outstanding Peace Officer Medal, Merit for Excellence,
Life Saving Award, Achievement in Criminal Investigations, American Police Service, Silver Star for Bravery, Honor Award,
Commendation - County of Los Angeles, Commendation - Los Angeles County District Attorney, Commendation from the City of Upland,
California, the Conspicuous Service Cross from the State of New York, as well as over 40 letters of commendation.
During his career, Mr. Tomka attended numerous courses in criminal investigations literally completing hundreds of hours.
This training was received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice, county and local
law enforcement agencies and various police professional associations. Additionally, he received training in Special Weapons
and Tactics (SWAT) and criminal intelligence. He received field training officer certification from the State of California
Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the state's Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory POST certifications.
In addition he received the POST Investigations and Trial Support Certificate and completed the Department of Justice Electronic
Surveillance certification and Economic Crimes programs. He also received training from the California District Attorney’s
Association and the Southern California Fraud Association.
Mr. Tomka holds a Life Time Instructor’s certification
from the State of California, after attending courses presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the University
of California, Los Angeles. He has an Associates of Science degree from Weber State College and a Bachelor of Science from
the State University of New York's Excelsior College.
In 2004, Mr. Tomka retired from the District Attorney’s
Office as a Supervising Investigator, after 32 years in law enforcement. He has been on Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
and a Adjunct Instructor for ITT Technical Institute, developed criminal justice curriculum for Corinthian Colleges, as well
as a member of the criminal justice masters' advisory program. Mr. Tomka was a contract investigator with the California
Department of Justice, a former contract Special Investigator with the U.S Department of Home
Security's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (and Explosives), and a former Special Investigations Unit consultant for
G4S Compliance and Investigations (formerly MJM Investigations), one of the largest private investigation company specialized
in corporate and insurance fraud investigations. He is the owner/operator of Detective Services.
Mr. Tomka enlisted as a
private in the United States Marine Corps in 1967 under the 180 day delayed enlistment program and retired from the reserves
in 2008, as a Chief Warrant Officer 5. Following "Boot Camp" at Parris Island, SC, he was trained as an infantryman at Camp Lejuene, NC. He serviced in Vietnam in the Northern I Corps area, during the Tet Offensive of 1968
and subsequently fighting into 1969, participating in Operations Lancaster II, Kentucky, Scotland
II, Kentucky II, and other Counterinsurgency operations. Mr. Tomka received several personal awards,
including a Purple Heart with Gold Star in lieu of a second award and various commendation medals
with combat “V” for valor.
"Boot Camp"1967 Vietnam, 1968
Upon returning to the United States, Mr.
Tomka served as both an infantryman and military policeman, until he left active duty. As he began
his law enforcement career, rejoined the active Marine Corps Reserve. While a member of the Marine
Corps reserve, he was recognized as an expert on terrorism by the Marine Corps in 1984 and participated
in policy recommendations to combat terrorism, after the Beirut Marine Barracks bombing. He also
participated in Anti/Counter terrorism force protection assignment in the 1980’s. Mr. Tomka received
a personal letter of appreciation from General P.X. Kelly, Commandant USMC, for a proposal to establish a Force
Protection/Antiterrorism Officer in 1984 (After the bombing of the Kobal Towers in Saudi Arabia
the Department of Defense mandated Force Protection Officers in all services).
he assisted in the training in U.S. Coast Guard Port Security in the Los Angeles/Long Beach
California area and the naval base defense
force at the U.S. Naval Station - Long Beach in anti-/counter terrorism. Mr. Tomka authored several
articles, including “The Future of the MAU (SOC),” (1982) and “Is the CAG
(Civil Affairs Group) Missing the Mark?” (1985). Some of
his works have been referenced in Project Papers at the US Army War College and the proposal set forth in “The Future of the MAU (SOC).”
In 1990, Mr. Tomka was activated for the Gulf War and participated in Operations Desert Shield and
Desert Storm, seeing combat as a Firepower Control Team Leader. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V”
for Valor after destroying an enemy mortar position, capturing
150 Iraqis soldiers and 6 enemy tanks.
Desert Storm, 1991
his reserve Marine Corps career, Mr. Tomka has served as a Force Protection Officer/Anti-terrorism
Officer during exercise Ocean Venture in the Caribbean (1985), conducted Narcotic Interdiction Operations
(JTF-6 1992) as Assistant Detachment Commander, and serviced Force Protection Officer/Anti-terrorism Officer Operation
Bright Star in Egypt (1999) attached to the U.S. 8th Army. He also served in Operations: Global War on Terrorism; Noble Eagle, Enduring
Freedom, (2002-2003), and Iraqi Freedom (2003 and 2005).
Mr. Tomka has worked as a liaison
officer with several foreign military forces when a meber of 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLCO), including the Royal Saudi Army’s 10th Ministry of Defense Forces,
the Royal British Marines’ 1st Battalion 42 Commando, the Royal British Army’s 1st Parachute
Regiment; the Dutch Royal Marine Commando’s 1st Battalion; the Norwegian Navy’s
Special Boat Squadron, the 1st Royal Thai Special Forces; the Korean Army’s 8th Army; the Korea Marine Corps; and the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group,
7th Light Infantry Division, and 82d Airborne Division.
In early 2002, shortly
after the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, he was activated for Operations
Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. Mr. Tomka served as part of a Quick Reaction Force under the command
of Joint Forces Command and in support of anti-counter terrorism operations. In 2003, his unit was
reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Regiment and during the invasion of Iraqi, his unit
was part of Regimental Combat Team 1, which fought its way into Baghdad. In Baghdad, his unit liberated the United
Iraq, 2003 Iraq, 2005
Mr. Tomka has also served as an executive officer with a Provisional Military
Police Battalion (5/14) and redeployed to Iraq in 2005. During this combat tour, he served as the
Battalion Force Protection/Antiterrorism Officer and commanded an Iraqi Security Force Directorate
Police Assessment Team, which conducted assessments of the Iraqi Police in the Western Euphrates
River Valley. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in 2008.
Mr. Tomka completed numerous
courses including, the U.S. Army courses (through resident and nonresident programs) the Airborne,
Counterintelligence, Target Acquisition Officers, and Special Forces Operations Courses. He has completed the U.S.A.F. Special
Operations School, and the Marine Corps Infantry, Arctic Leaders, Mountain Warfare, Jungle Warfare,
Naval Gunfire Planners, Fire Supportman, Fire Support Coordination, Marine Air Ground Task Force
Staff Planning, Tactical Air Control Party, Amphibious Warfare, Warfighting, Basic School, Force
Protection/Antiterrorism, and Information Operations courses. He has also served as a Company
Executive Officer, Scout Sniper Platoon Commander, Infantry Weapons Deployment Officer, Military
Police Officer, Criminal Investigator, and Tactical Intelligence Officer.
June 2008, CWO5 Tomka retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a
Chief Warrant Officer 5. Upon retirement, Mr.
Tomka joined the California
State Military Department's State Military Reserves as
a Master Chief Warrant Officer (WO5) with the holding the military occupational specialty of CID Special
Agent. In May of 2015, Mr. Tomka "retired" his position as Commander Chief
Warrant Officer (CW5) for the state. Amoung his California awards, he has been awarded the California Commendation Medal
and the Medal of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster in lien of 2nd award for service.
Note: All information can be verified and is either recorded in the appropriate
service personnel service record
(both active and reserve service) and/or by DD214/215 (for active service only).