Steven T. Baker, CPP, PSP, PCI, is President of VTI Associates and has over 30 years of experience providing security, training, and investigative services. His experience includes conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, security operations, investigations, executive protection, litigation support, and providing training in firearms and self-defense.
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 of Science Degree in Security Administration from the University of Detroit, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University, and an Associate of Science 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. During my graduate studies I was involved in researching alcohol awareness programs, alcohol server interventions, and factors leading to aggression in licensed alcohol service venues
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), and a 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).
Steve has earned and maintains multiple instructor and instructor-trainer certifications in security related disciplines including firearms, defensive tactics, handcuffing, pepper spray, baton, tactical communication and incident de-escalation, use-of-deadly force. I am a state certified instructor for concealed firearms courses by the states of Nevada and Utah and a certified instructor for security officer firearms training in Nevada and formerly in Arizona and California.
Steve is former Chapter Chairman and Education Committee Chairman for the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), former member of the ASIS Hospitality, Entertainment, and Tourism Council (HEAT), and was a founding member of the TASER Professional Security Advisory Board. Currently, Steve is a member of ASIS, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), The International Association of Certified Surveillance Professionals (IACSP), and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).
Steve is a former Instructor with UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) lecturing on security for Bars, Nightclubs and Use-of-Force for Security, former Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix, a former Adjunct Instructor at Southwestern College, and a former instructor with TAM Nevada’s Techniques of Alcohol Management course.
Steve holds professional licenses in five states. He is licensed as a Private Investigator and Private Patrolman in Nevada, A Security Consultant and Private Investigator in Texas, and a Private Investigator in California, Arizona and as a Private, and Colorado.