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 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 and is a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Psychological-Type Assessor. 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 member of both the California and Washington Police Chiefs Associations.
Chief Baker has developed and presented specialized law enforcement and public safety agency 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
Seminars in Leading Organizational and Community Change
Strategic Organizational Leadership and Planning Programs
Professional Coaching / Psychological Type Assessments
Team Building Workshops / Motivational Speaking