BNPD hon­ors 20-year vet­eran

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­

The Ben­ton Po­lice Depart­ment hon­ored

Cap­tain Pa­trick Baker for 20 years of service to the depart­ment dur­ing Mon­day night’s Ben­ton City Coun­cil meet­ing.

“Thank you so much for your service,” said Ben­ton Mayor Tom Farmer.

Baker be­gan his ten­ure with the BNPD as a pa­trol of­fi­cer in 1999 where he be­gan to work his way up through the ranks.

Baker trans­ferred to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Divi­sion in 2001. He was pro­moted to sergeant of that divi­sion in 2008. In 2015, he was pro­moted to the rank of lieu­tenant in the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Divi­sion.

In 2018, Baker grad­u­ated from the FBI Na­tional Academy in Quan­tico, Vir­ginia. He stud­ied sub­jects in­clud­ing con­sti­tu­tional law and polic­ing, fit­ness in law en­force­ment, cy­ber threats, ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship, man­ag­ing the me­dia, law en­force­ment im­age and other con­tem­po­rary is­sues.

The son of Jesse and

Rosa Baker, Baker grad­u­ated from Catholic High School in Lit­tle Rock in 1994. He re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice from Ua-lit­tle Rock in 1999.

Baker is a cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor, crime scene tech­ni­cian, firearms in­struc­tor and com­puter voice stress an­a­lyst.

Mar­ried to his wife Robyn, the Bak­ers are par­ents to two chil­dren, Eleanor and Vance.

Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Ben­ton Po­lice Chief Scotty Hodges, left, and Mayor Tom Farmer, right, present Cap­tain Pa­trick Baker with a cer­tifi­cate hon­or­ing him for 20 years of service with the Ben­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

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