A cop or police officer. Is called so because his/her badge looks like it is made out of tin. A reference can be found in the movie "last action hero" with arnold scharzenegger
bad guy: "...who wants to know?"
arnold: ""the tin man ( holds up badge)"
badguy: " well, why dont you hit the bricks tin man"
arnold: " there not the right color"
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