This is My Job: Shannon Sessions, owner of Safety Sessions


Shannon Sessions
Shannon Sessions (Photos by Katie Mansfield)

Shannon Sessions was the face of the Lynnwood Police Department for nearly a decade.

Sessions was the department’s Crime Prevention Specialist and Public Information Officer. Prior to the Lynnwood Police Department, she was the editor of the Lynnwood Enterprise newspaper.

1. What is your job title and how would you describe your business?

I am the Director and Owner of Safety Sessions™

Safety Sessions is your local, friendly safety expert empowering life-long skills to protect yourself and your most valuable assets: Family, Home, Work and School.

2. How long have you been working in this field and what background do you bring to the business?

I have a versatile background in public safety, crime prevention, and dealing with the public and families during high profile incidents involving police and fire activity.

Through the Lynnwood Police Department and my business, Safety Sessions™, I’ve taught a multitude of safety courses for seniors, parents, children, school personnel, community organizations, businesses, churches and more; focusing a variety of programs on safety for the individual and the well-being of others.

Also, as a Police Department and City Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer I have often been on the front line disseminating information about a variety of public safety incidents (both routine and high profile) to the media at large. I am also a former reporter/editor-in-charge of a local newspaper in the Puget Sound area where I reported on Public Safety issues in South Snohomish and North King Counties.

Working on “both sides of the caution tape” has given me a unique perspective on who are affected when bad things happen.

Previous to Session’s civilian employment, she was a firefighter in the United States Air Force and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from the University of Washington.

3. What is the best part of your job/business?

I get to make a positive difference in people’s lives on a daily basis – and that’s very cool! I get to teach serious, critical -sometimes scary – topics while still adding humor and grace without instilling fear.

Also, now having my own business, I simply have control of my own time, which is a blessing for me and my family – along with having a passion for public safety I am also a wife and mother of five.

4. If you could use four words to describe your job/business, what would they be?

Empowering, Authentic, Effective – and Fun!

5. What are the qualities needed to be successful in your job/business?

Self discipline, excellent inter-personal skills and a great network of awesome people and organizations to work with.

6. Anything else you want readers to know?

Yes! Safety Sessions™ also now offers American Heart Association (AHA) certified CPR/AED and First Aid Courses. Sessions has teamed up with her longtime Firefighter/EMT husband, Keith Sessions, and they both are instructors for these needed and often required certified courses.

For more information on Safety Sessions, go to,

Shannon and Keith Sessions
Shannon and Keith Sessions
  1. Very exciting, Shannon! I’m glad to see how you are using your gifts and talents to empower individuals, yet at the same time be able to focus on your family. Blessings!

  2. You are a wonderful daughter and friend. I’m sure you will be successful in your endeavors. I couldn’t have hand picked a better son-in-law. I’m very proud of both of you. Your #1 fan, Dad

  3. You are a phenomenal communicator Shannon! Your candid, professional yet disarming presentation to my 17 & 19 yr old boys was exceptionally helpful & informative in entering this next phase of college years ahead. Your authentic, fun yet poignant ways of articulating difficult but very important topics to be aware of & know, made it easy to absorb & stick. Very valuable! Thank you for customizing the session to them & for the resources you left with them!

    1. You’re welcome! I loved the opportunity to talk to two active, conscientious young men like that- they will share to others and continue making a positive difference!

  4. Shannon and Kieth came to our company and they were a delight to work with. They brought a lot of levity to the class. The class was actively engaging and the way they have segmented the training into sections allowed us to address questions and discuss the lessons.

    Thank you Kieth and Shannon, it was truly a pleasure working with you.

  5. Shannon I have read the news story about you in todays Herald. Have known of you and had so much admiration and respect for you. I have been in the Citizens Police class a couple of times and saw you a few times at Swedish-Edmonds Hospital at which you greeted me by name; I was impressed – was a volunteer there for about 11 years. Also saw and talked to you at the Fair on 44th, and sang the Lynnwood song I’d written. If you ever need me to do that, just let me know. Joanne Davis – Lynnwood

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