Chief Rick Baker
Chief Rick Baker was sworn in as Farmington’s Chief of Police on December 4, 1998. He has been a member of the Farmington Police Department for over 25 years, working his way through the ranks from Patrol Officer, to Sergeant, to Detective Sergeant, to Chief of Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, from Central Missouri State University and is a 1997 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Message from the Chief of Police
As Chief of the Farmington Police Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. Whether you are a resident of Farmington, a person or business owner interested in relocating, someone planning a visit, or for any other reason, I trust you will find something of interest within these pages on how the Farmington Police Department serves this community.
Through our adoption of the Community Policing Philosophy, coupled with striving to remain on the forefront of ever changing technology, new enforcement methods and emerging programs, our department is committed to establishing and maintaining a partnership within our community. This website is one mechanism we use to maintain that partnership, and enhance communication within our community.
I hope you find this website informative and helpful with your inquires. I encourage any suggestions or observations that may help improve our level of service.Thank you and enjoy our site.
Chief of Police
Lieutenant Jeff Crites
Jeff Crites was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. Lt. Crites began his career in 1991 as a police dispatcher for the department. He became a full-time police officer in 1992 and in 1995 was promoted to detective. In 1998, he was promoted to Detective Corporal and became commander of the Detective Bureau in 1998 after Richard T. Baker was named chief.
In 2000, Lt. Crites was promoted to sergeant.In addition to being the Detective Bureau chief, Lt. Crites is also charged with overseeing grounds maintenance for the police department. He also supervises the evidence division and the Emergency Operation Center. He conducts all internal affairs investigations for the department. Lt. Crites is also responsible for maintaining the department’s Uniform Crime Reports and schedules public speaking requests.
Crites has extensive training in criminal investigative procedures and has investigated over 1000 criminal cases in his tenure with the department. In addition, he has taken coursework in criminal justice and criminal justice administration. Crites is a third general law enforcement officer. His father Dale is a retired Detective Sergeant with the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division Of Drug and Crime Control. His grandfather (also Dale) retired a captain with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Larry E. Lacey
Larry Lacey was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. Lt. Lacey began his long and illustrious career with Farmington PD back in 1983 as a dispatcher. He was later promoted to dispatch supervisor before becoming a full-time commissioned officer in 1985. In 1993 he was promoted to corporal and was named sergeant in 2000.
Lt. Lacey commands the records division, communication division, and the field training program. He is responsible for departmental training and equipment purchases. He also oversees maintenance of the departmental gun range located on Pimville Road. He also is responsible for conducting traffic surveys and traffic counts as mandated by the chief. Lt. Lacey also coordinates with other agencies and organizations before parades and other special events in the city.
In addition to his supervisory duties, Lt. Lacey is an accident reconstructionist. He has countless hours of training from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in traffic accident investigation and reconstruction.
Lieutenant Christopher Bullock
Chris Bullock was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. He came to the department in 1993 from the Bonne Terre Police Department. He was promoted to corporal in 1997 and to sergeant in 2000. Lt. Bullock commands the patrol division and schedules all officers. In addition, he commands the Special Response Team (SRT), the Police Reserve Division, and the Bicycle Patrol Division. He supervises the Animal Control Officer and the Nuisance Abatement Division.
Lt. Bullock comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His brother Dan is the current sheriff for St. Francois County and his brother James is the chief of the Desloge Police Department .