Steven T. Baker, CPP, PSP, PCI, is President of VTI Associates, a professional security consulting firm. Steve has more than 28 years of experience providing security, training, and investigative services. His experience includes conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, security operations, investigations, and providing executive protection, litigation support and training in firearms and self-defense to civilians and security personnel. Steve is a former Adjunct Instructor with the University of Phoenix, Southwestern College and the University of Nevada International Gaming Institute.
Steve provides expert witness and security consulting services to attorneys involved in premises security litigation where he investigates and evaluates crime foreseeability, standard of care, training, use-of-force, policy and procedures and causation. Steve has been accepted by Nevada’s 8th District Court as an expert in security. Retained equally by both plaintiff and defense counsel, Steve has successfully assisted clients in reaching favorable resolution to their litigation issues.
Steve has a Master’s Degree in Security Administration from the University of Detroit, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University and an Associate’s Degree in Business from Lansing Community College. While enrolled in the Public Affairs-Workforce Development and Organizational Leadership Doctoral program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Steve accumulated 50 post-master’s credits in research methods, criminology, education, and hospitality.
Steve has earned three board certifications, first in Security Management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP); second, in Physical Security as a Physical Security Professional (PSP); third in Investigations as a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) – all granted by ASIS International. Additionally, he has earned certification as a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) and a Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI) by the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO). He holds licenses as a private investigator in Nevada and California and as a Private Patrolman in Nevada.
Steve is the former Chapter Chairman and Education Committee Chairman for the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and was a founding member of the TASER Professional Security Advisory Board. Currently, Steve is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and ASIS International.
Steve holds instructor and instructor-trainer certifications in multiple areas including firearms, defensive tactics, handcuffing, use-of-force, pepper spray, expandable baton, and alcohol awareness training for servers and security staff. He regularly conducts training courses these areas. He is a state-certified instructor for teaching concealed firearms courses by the states of Nevada and Utah and is a certified instructor for security officer firearms training in Nevada.
Steve holds professional licenses in five states. He is licensed as a Private Investigator and Private Patrolman in Nevada, a Private Investigator in Arizona, California and Colorado, and as a Private Investigator and Security Consultant in Texas.