November 12, 2018

The Ritz Carlton
Arlington, VA


Jim Sawyer
Director of Security Services
Seattle Children's Hospital

Jim Sawyer, CPP, CHPA, is the Director of Security Services for Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he emphasizes a philosophy of “zero incidents,” not “zero tolerance,” when it comes to workplace violence. Sawyer has been part of the Seattle Children’s security team since 1976, and he is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the hospital’s overall security strategy to ensure a safe and secure environment for patients, families, visitors and employees. He is an advocate of de-escalation training and techniques for security personnel and other hospital staff.

Sawyer is the current President and a crime prevention instructor with the Washington State Crime Prevention Association, the Crisis Prevention Institute and the American Board of Certification for Homeland Security. He also serves as an instructor and consultant for assault prevention and verbal de-escalation training sessions for schools, institutions and organizations.