Chief Roger Baker began his 36 year law enforcement career in California with the Anaheim Police Department in 1974. In his
tenure he commanded each of the four divisions of the 600-member Department and was appointed Chief of Police in 1999.
He led the Department in the development of its first strategic planning and organizational development program which
resulted in the reorganization of the Department and the achievement of historically low crime rates coupled with historically
high crime clearance rates. Anaheim became the safest of the "Big Ten" resort communities in the United States and the
second safest of the "Big Ten" cities in California. Chief Baker retired from the Anaheim Police Department in 2003.
Chief Baker and his wife, Shirley, moved to Des Moines, Washington in 2004 and he was appointed
Chief of Police. Chief Baker was given the daunting task of rebuilding the 60-member Des Moines
Police Department after it had lost almost 25% of its staff due to budget reductions in the late
1990's. He immediately led the Department in the development of its first strategic plan which
resulted in more than a 25% reduction in the crime rate. He also led the development, with the
strong support of the City Council and the Community, of alternative funding sources to restore
and sustain the Police Department. Chief Baker retired from the Des Moines Police Department in
2010 and now provides consulting services as the Business of Policing.
Chief Baker's educational and service achievements include: Bachelor and Master Degrees in
Psychology; Master Degree Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership; Graduate of the FBI
National Academy; and Graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice Command College. He also holds
three California college-level lifetime teaching credentials. He is a life member of the International
Association of Chiefs of Police and a charter member of the Society of Police Futurist. He is also a
Certified Executive Coach and a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Facilitator.
Chief Baker has developed and presented specialized law enforcement related educational programs, including organizational
development and leadership programs, for colleges and universities, California POST, the California Department of Justice,
police academies, and law enforcement agencies for over thirty years. He has most recently served as Chairperson of the King
County, Washington Police Chiefs Association and as Policy Committee Chairperson for the Washington Association of Sheriffs
and Police Chiefs.
CONSULTANT SERVICES & PROGRAMS
Seminars in Leading Organizational and Community Change
Strategic Organizational Leadership and Planning Programs
Leadership Development / Motivational Speaking
Team Building Workshops / Succession Planning
Executive Coaching / Myers-Briggs Psychological Type Assessments