John Baker is a speaker working with Kirkland Productions through Safe & Sound Schools.
John Baker currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Lancaster Lebanon IU13 Police Department and the Safety and Security Director for the IU13. John’s jurisdiction covers both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties and impacts over 90,000 students and 6,000 staff working in 22 school districts and 150 non-public schools. In addition John provides safety and security consulting to educational, municipal and private industry organizations across the Commonwealth and Mid-Atlantic region. John is a frequent speaker at safety and security conferences and organizational meetings. John is a published author, contributing to periodicals and most recently in the completion of a college textbook for Human Service and Educational related fields of study.
John’s undergraduate and graduate work is in Psychology and is also a board certified protection professional (CPP), Executive Protection Professional (EP) and a specialist certified by the Attorney General’s Office of Florida in designing space that supports positive human behavior (CPTED). John is a graduate of the Gavin DeBeckers Advanced Threat Assessment Institute as well as many other safety and security courses. John has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, safety and security and the military.
With all of John's courses videotaping is permitted for future reference and refresher training and Power Point presentations are provided for duplication and distribution to your school or organization. All of these courses are popular with both school and municipal organizations.
Responding to Violent Intruder Train the Trainer Course
This 6.5 hour course instructs trainers in the fundamental run, hide & fight strategies widely adopted by most federal and state agencies. In this course trainers will learn the background behind run, hide & fight strategies, age appropriate ways to deliver this material from K-college and staff audiences and practice these strategies in low impact yet memorable methods. Each trainer is provided a flash drive filled with a wide variety of resources and sample presentations to address a variety of groups in sessions ranging from 1-3 hours in duration.
Front Line Training
This 2-3 hour course is designed for schools staff that primarily manage the front offices of schools and assume the daily role of “gate keeper”. In this training participants learn about office configuration, access control, passive and active surveillance as well as how to manage volatile visitors and respond to violence in a very practical way.
This 2-3 hour course focuses on the concepts of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and discusses practical ways to prepare, set-up and conduct meetings with large groups, small groups or individuals that may potentially become volatile and difficult. This is a practical session designed to help staff members conduct these meetings.
This 90 minute session discusses the critical need to increase situational awareness within your organization in order to respond more effectively when crisis occurs. This is fundamental to any strategic response and failure to properly understand and apply situational awareness renders most strategies virtually ineffective as people loose both reactionary time and distance to better protect themselves against harm.
Community Based Workers
This 2 hour course provides practical tips for those working in their community and away from their school or organizational offices. Practical tips on what to look for and understanding the danger signs when providing services in the community are discussed as staff prepares for home based meetings, arrive in the neighborhood, before entering the home and what to look for inside in order to provide safe and productive services in the home environment.
John Baker ... what a motivating, effective, and enthusiastic speaker. Using what I would describe as a “hybrid” speaking style, John will quickly build a rapport with any audience. In spite of often speaking on tragic or sensitive topics, John’s presentations display warmth, intelligence, and humor. His listeners will quickly see John’s passion for promoting personal safety and life skills for all age and educational levels. John shares, but does not dwell on, his years of experience in the field as he emphasizes the need for situational awareness and general critical thinking skills. Those attending programs presented by John Baker always leave the program with actionable ideas.
Wayne W. Silcox, Chief, Millersville University Police Department – Retired; Instructor – Harrisburg Area Community College