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Thomas E. Baker is an associate professor of sociology/criminal justice, and awarded the Decennial Medal and Order of Pro Deo et Universitate for service. In addition, Tom served as a Lt. Col. (Ret.) United States Army Reserve Military Police Corps, Special Agent, and Commander with United States Army Criminal Investigation Command. His civilian experience includes former police officer for Henrico County Police, Richmond, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland. His service includes assignments as an Intelligence Officer and Undercover Officer in the Vice, Intelligence and Organized Crime Unit. His previous professional experience includes service in the Virginia Community College System as an associate professor, Child Supervisor, and teacher for the Diagnostic Center for Children, Bon Air, Virginia, and Children's Supervisor Richmond, Virginia Detention Center. His academic degrees include A. A. Social Science/Law Enforcement; B.S. Social Welfare/Criminal Justice, M. S. Rehabilitation Counseling/Corrections, Virginia Commonwealth University; M. Ed. Sports Science, and M.S. Health and Educational Administration, East Stroudsburg University; CAGS Psychology and Counseling, Marywood University; advanced study adult education, Pennsylvania State University, and educational leadership, Temple University.

He is the author of over 180 publications that have appeared in professional journals and has presented research at national meetings. His journal articles include publications in The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations: International Journal, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, The Journal of Police Practice, Research: An International Journal, and Forensic Examiner.

He has served as an editorial reviewer for Police and Criminal Psychology, Journal of Criminal Justice, American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, and FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Thomas E. Baker is the author of Effective Police Leadership; Intelligence-Led Policing: Leadership Strategies and Tactics; Introductory Criminal Analysis: Crime Prevention and Intervention Strategies; The Siesta Key Awakening; and, Police Suicide: Proactive Leadership, Crisis Management Strategies and Positive Police Leadership and Cadaveric Spasm.

According to the book description of Positive Police Leadership: Problem-Solving Planning, “Leadership experts from law enforcement and business combine their knowledge to give you unique, career-changing insights that help you: Discover 10 Basic Leadership Pathways to Successful Positive Police Leadership; Identify the attributes of Police Star Performers;  Pinpoint three keys to superior leadership and explore the role of "emotional intelligence" in top leaders; and, Use 10-point "Leadership Self-Rating Inventory" scales to evaluate leadership skills and identify strengths & weaknesses”

According to the book description of Police Suicide: Proactive Leadership and Crisis Management Strategies, "Researchers are beginning to analyze and address the police suicide enigma. This book examines the need for improved research that focuses on related psychological components and successful prevention and intervention strategies. Primary discussions include: police stress, post-traumatic stress, depression, and police suicide. This new book examines police suicidal behaviors and should prove helpful in developing suicide assessment and training programs."


According to the book description of Effective Police Leadership, “Great leaders aren't born, they're made and this book makes them! Whether you're an officer aspiring to lead or a senior official interested in evaluating and enhancing your leadership effectiveness, this powerful book gives you practical, in-depth insight into the time-yesyed principles that empower supervisors and inspire troops. From developing high morale and lasting respect to implementing constructive disciplinary techniques and effective conflict resolution strategies, the wealth of wisdom in this book will launch you and those in your charge to the highest levels of unity and performance!”

One reader of Effective Police Leadership said, “The book offers practical techniques and "can do" leadership strategies for over-coming obstacles police leaders encounter everyday. It encourages the reader to answer three basic leadership questions: Where am I going? How will I get there? How will I know when I have arrived? EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP is inspirational; the reader learns the importance of developing vision and direction.”

One reader of Effective Police Leadership said, “EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP is reader friendly, inspirational and includes case study applications. The book is a combination of relevant theories and practical applications. It meets the needs of the men and women of law enforcement and students interested in the field of criminal justice.


EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP addresses two key leadership requirements: Character and Competence. The book provides police officers the navigational system for developing a can do attitude. The chapters and themes provide a compass for developing vision, inspiration and direction. This book offers practical techniques and can do leadership strategies for over-coming obstacles police leaders encounter everyday.


EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP is for police officers and students who aspire to serve in a leadership capacity. This book is an excellent resource for studying future responsibilities and promotional opportunities. The book explores the roles of chief, senior leader, middle manager and sergeant. The chapters and themes develop essential leadership skills that encourage others to follow your leadership in the Twenty-First Century.


EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP provides a framework for your professional leadership development. The book will help you answer three essential leadership questions: Where am I going? How will I get there? and How will I know when I have arrived? This book offers practical guidelines. I believe this book inspires you to reach your fullest potential as an effective police leader. I encourage anyone interested in this topic to consider purchasing this book.”

According to the book description of CADAVERIC SPASM, it “is a mystery thriller concerning a NYPD detective in tragic conflict. SERGEANT SHANNON JAMISON is not your typical detective. She earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology while working serial murder and rape cases, but everyone calls her JAMIE. She encounters psychological combat with a sexual psychopath during the worst possible time of her life.  Jamie’s husband killed in the line of duty and her father’s recent suicide … she still grieves the double loss that left her in an emotional quandary. A single mother burdened by the investigative struggle of her life, she confronts the possibility of her own death while twin daughters play in harm’s way.

The killer offers a unique psychological signature clue. He buries his victims alive to die alone in handcrafted wooden coffins. Caught in the midst of a media fire storm, the press tags the killer with a special moniker … The CARPENTER KILLER. Brutal murders send alarm and psychological shock waves throughout New York City.  The methodical sexual psychopath invites Jamie’s mind to a place where it does not want to go. This VAMPIRE penetrates her psyche at every opportunity with psi attacks. The killer is Jamie’s worst nightmare because he has psi entrée into her mind.

Jamie’s talents in criminal investigative analysis, psi precognitive dreaming, and remote viewing, place her in an extraordinary realm of investigators. Her sixth sense, case analysis, and inductive and deductive reasoning skills stand unrivaled. She demonstrates superior cyber-investigative skills and maintains the best cold case clearance rate for NYPD.  She vigilantly applies criminal psychology skills to solve this case. Her objective is to deploy modern-day investigative procedures to catch the murderer before he kills again. She must gather all psychological clues and physical evidence to solve these diabolic murders.

Suspects begin to emerge. Her commander, CAPTAIN RICHARD PETERSON, constantly interferes in the investigation. Knowing that her husband died in a drug raid, Peterson assigns her to narcotics raids, a deliberate effort to create unnecessary trauma and diversionary tactics.

The Captain is frustrated and in conflict over his love/hate relationship. He wants a sexual liaison, but she will not give him what he wants. It infuriates him … she loves it. Jamie’s biker boyfriend, LAWRENCE McGRATH, AKA LANCE emerges as a potential suspect. They are romantically involved and her ability to remain objective is in doubt. She cannot resist his bad boy image, even if it spells big trouble.

DR. STONE MOOREFIELD, Jamie’s former psychology professor, assists in profiling potential suspects. He serves as her key consultant in the Carpenter case. This professional relationship spins off into a potential romance.  She experiences a series of precognitive dreams and remote sensory experiences. These premonitory dreams begin to predict the killer’s criminal patterns and focus on his potential identity.  LIEUTENANT BRANDON McDANIEL wants to place her in a safe house, with close surveillance clones to protect her. She talks him out of the placement because she is within hours of identifying her main suspect. Her partner, DETECTIVE JAKE WINSLOW, attempts to save her life.

She must confront her own fears, even if it means dying in the killer’s psi sexual climax. This case instills a sense of her own mortality and leads her to reexamine life’s priorities. One key question remains. Can her psi paranormal gift and investigative skills save her from the Carpenter Killer who wants to bury her alive in a wooden coffin? CADAVERIC SPASM offers a mystery thriller drama that takes you to places you might not want to go.”


According to the book description of Introductory Criminal Analysis: Crime Prevention and Intervention Strategies it “is an interdisciplinary and social science approach that explores the field of criminal analysis. The text applies criminological and psychological theory to practice in the analysis of serial crimes and predators. The author strives to meet the academic needs of criminal justice majors, police officers, and police leaders.

Special emphasis is placed on ten basic prevention and intervention strategies: (1) criminal analysis, (2) community-oriented policing, (3) geographic information system(s), (4) geographic profiling, (5) domestic violence, (6) street crime analysis, (7) criminal investigation analysis, (8) intelligence analysis, (9) technology and computer applications and (10) grantsmanship. The text has coordinated themes that articulate prevention and intervention strategies. The book has the following special features: Analyst Corners strategically placed in the text that include the work of leading international and national experts; Presents a considerable number of analytical concepts; Numerous illustrations, charts, graphs, and tables; Case study illustrations that enhance understanding; Subheadings and short paragraphs enhance transition, coherence, and clarity for the learner, and, Questions included at the end of each chapter.


According to the book description of Intelligence-led Policing: Leadership, Strategies & Tactics, the reader will “Learn: Crime analysis techniques that help departments predict & more effectively intervene against crime; Organizational alignment strategies that facilitate information gathering and sharing; The 6-step process for effective, widespread intelligence dissemination; Methods for evaluating threat levels & wisely allocating personnel & resources; and, Differences between Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing and Compstat concepts.”


One reader of Intelligence-led Policing: Leadership, Strategies & Tactics said, “If you're a motivated law enforcement/criminal justice professional, this book is a must-have for your personal library. Baker's approach to teaching you how to leverage valuable--yet often overlooked--intel to enhance and maximize crime-fighting is both understandable and practical. In today's budget-crushing atmosphere, smart decision-making by talented law enforcement leaders relative to personnel and resource allocation is crucial. Baker's book arms you with the information you need to be that leader. Baker has also created a companion study guide that goes with this book that helps you ensure that your understanding of the key concepts is complete and underscores the fact that Baker is focused on one thing: making sure that YOU learn.”

According to the book description of The Siesta Key Awakening it “is a quest concerning one man's yearning to find his future. Tom Edwards, one of NYPD's finest detectives and disillusioned, is searching for life's meaning, and struggling to maintain direction. Duty bound to serve and protect, and not the typical detective, his life is disarray. Tom is a ticking "time bomb," with no hope, and suffering from a double loss. Tom has haunting dreams of a woman. He knows what he wants, but how far will he go to find her?”


About the Henrico County Police Department

According to the Henrico Police Department, “Located in Central Virginia, Henrico County is approximately 245 square miles in size and has a population of over 301,000. We are bordered by the City of Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and New Kent.  Two major Interstate highways run through the County. Interstate 95 is a major North/South highway and is one of the busiest roads in the Country. Interstate 64 is an East/West highway ending in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Richmond International Airport is located in the County.

The first known mention of an "officer" in Henrico was the appointment of a Special Police Officer on December 14, 1871. There is no further mention until 1908 when the Board of Supervisors recommended that a mounted patrol be used. The first major step toward today's department was in 1915 when T. Wilson Seay was appointed the first Chief of Police. When the County converted to the County Manager form of government in 1934 there were 8 police officers. In 1938 the Board of Supervisors placed the Division of Police under direct control of the County Manager, thus removing any political ties with the Sheriff's office. The Division of Police has seen steady growth and improvement over the past 70 years.

With an authorized complement of 584 sworn police officers, the Chief of Police is the chief law enforcement officer in the County. The Chief is appointed by the County Manager. The elected Sheriff's primary duties are managing the jail, court security, and the service of civil process.  The Henrico County Police is fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.”

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