Ultimately, the violence drove Tom to become an advocate for LEAP’s mission to end the drug war. “Each and every day the violence associated with illegal narcotics trafficking gets worse, not just for the criminals, but also for law enforcement and innocent people caught in the crossfire,” he says. “Look at the violence caused by the illicit drug market in Chicago. While Chicago may be the poster child for violence, every city large and small suffers from this type of violence, and as long as there is major money to be made in drug trafficking, it will only get worse.”Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in the Administration of Justice from Guilford College and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University. He is currently retired from law enforcement and lives in central Virginia.