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 department provides support to over 90,000 students and 6,000 staff members in 190 locations across two counties. John is passionate about his work and believes the skills he is teaching today’s young people and school staff members are valuable skills that they will carry with them throughout their life. Believing in practical and affordable solutions for most safety and security issues, John is committed to working with clients to develop meaningful strategies that will be embraced by the school community while preserving limited resources to focus on their core mission of excellence in education.
Whether teaching situational awareness, how to deescalate volatile behavior in meetings, or responding to a violent intruder, John is committed to delivering material in an understandable fashion that can be easily applied to people’s lives and help them develop a healthy frame of mind when considering the hazards they may face in life.
While John has 30 years in the law enforcement and public safety industry he is anything but a conventional police officer. 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 Gavin DeBecker's Advanced Threat Assessment Institute. John is a frequent speaker at safety and security conferences and organizational meetings and is a published author and frequent contribute to industry periodicals. John and his wife Cindy live in Lancaster, PA where Cindy has works as a 3rd grade teacher in a public school district.
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.
Managing Volatile Situations On Buses
60 – 90 minute keynote
When responding to a crisis, transportation employees are often seen as authority figures and play a key role in the immediate moment and aftermath. This can look very different depending whether the route is rural or urban, and the types of rider: is this a high school bus or a shuttle for a nursing home?
Transportation employees must train and role-play some of the scenarios in advance to identify potential vulnerabilities or limitations in their own personal capabilities. Simultaneously, they must come to terms with the concept that they have permission to take care of themselves. When people are certified as lifeguards they are plainly told that the "lifeguard NEVER drowns.” While this may seem selfish, the reality is that if the employee is incapacitated early in the event, they can render help to no one.
This program covers how transportation employees can keep themselves and those in their care safe, from the actual crisis all the way to the reunification process.
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