Episode No. 29 Becoming a Police
OfficerDate: July 11, 2208
Notes: Lieutenant Barry Baker, Baltimore Police Department
(ret.), on how to become a police officer.
Detective Lieutenant Barry Baker retired from the Baltimore Police Department
in 2004. During his thirty-two year career, Barry Baker served as a patrol officer, sergeant, and lieutenant, as well as a
special operations lieutenant and detective lieutenant. Lieutenant Barry Baker is the author of Becoming
a Police Officer: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement.
According to Barry Baker’s book, Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s
Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement “is a serious examination of police work that is directed toward young people who
are contemplating a career as a police officer. Author Barry Baker draws on over thirty-two years of experience from some
of the most violent streets of any city in the United States to show you the unembellished truths of law enforcement.
Barry Baker describes the self-satisfaction that can be found in police work while
identifying its pitfalls and how to avoid them. Before ending his career as a detective lieutenant, Baker spent his first
twenty years on the force as a patrol officer, making him uniquely qualified to speak from a breadth and depth of experience.
Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement
covers topics a newly trained police officer must appreciate—and master—to ensure success and safety, including
the following: Self-evaluation for a police career; Recognizing and ignoring bad advice; Rapid advancement
toward self-sufficiency; The immeasurable importance of integrity; and, Matters of life and death.
Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s
Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement is a valuable insight for those seeking a career in the honorable and important profession
of law enforcement.”