July 15, 2014: John Fowler, Security Director, City of Seattle: What to Do When Faced with an Active Shooter

by Gary Fast on May 31, 2014

John FowlerJohn is currently the Security Director for the City of Seattle.  This position manages security operations for 139 city-owned and operated properties (over 2M sq ft) including City Hall, Justice Center, Municipal Court, and Seattle Municipal Tower and over 12K employees. Responsibilities include the city-wide access system, CCTV system, multiple security contracts, and the conducting of threat analysis/vulnerability assessments.  He collaborates with ALL City Departments to support effective security management at large events and at times of heightened security. He is also responsible for developing security plans, policies and written procedures while enforcing the City’s “rules of conduct.”  He is the liaison with local law enforcement and oversees dignitary protection for elected officials. John is currently a board member for the Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.

Prior to his current position, he served as the Associate Director of the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) for the Seattle Police Department.  In this capacity, he was a senior advisor to the OPA Director and Chief of Police concerning issues of oversight in the internal affairs function of the department.  The Seattle Police Department supports the nineteenth largest City in the nation with a department workforce of approximately 2,000 employees.  He also managed the department’s Mediation Program and is a certified mediator.  He was also the Project Manager for the development and implementation of the department’s Early Intervention Program.

John also served as the Director of Public Safety at Portland State University, Oregon’s largest public institution of higher education, for over eight years.  In that capacity he was responsible for all daily law enforcement activities and for providing police services to a diverse community in an urban setting.  He was an active member of the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon Chief’s Association, Oregon Command College Graduates, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  As the Director, he was also an Adjunct Faculty member with the Administration of Justice Department.  He was also selected by his peers to represent the other Directors within the system regarding system-wide issues of coordination and oversight impacting the State Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor’s Office.

John also completed 20 years of Military law enforcement as a Military Police Officer.  His military career included an emphasis in felony investigations having served seven years with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command supervising and coordinating persons, property, drug and economic crime investigations.  He culminated his career as the Chief of Police (Provost Marshal) at the Presidio of San Francisco.  His military decorations include the Army Service Award, the National Defense Service Award, the Army Achievement Award, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

His education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Command and General Staff College, the Department of Defense Public Affairs Course, the Military Police Physical Security course, the Advanced Investigative Management Course, and the Army Counter-Terrorism course.  He is also a graduate of the Oregon DPSST Career Officer Development course, and the Oregon Law Enforcement Executive Development course (Command College).

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Jose State University.  He has an Executive Management Certification from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and is a certified mediator.

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