Founder of WYSM
In January of 2022, Jason Lehman retired from the Long Beach (CA) Police Department as a Sergeant, after serving for 16 years. While at the LBPD, Jason spent most of his career working uniformed and plain-clothes street-level gang and violent crime suppression. Early in his career, Jason was involved in numerous critical incidents including acts of deadly force which led to PTSD and ultimately led Jason through numerous bouts with suicidal ideations. Jason was introduced to therapy and has since learned a strong system of resiliency. By becoming more vulnerable, Jason learned he was able to show the community he served that he truly cared without jeopardizing safety.
In 2014, Jason founded the National F.O.P. endorsed training organization entitled "Why'd You Stop Me” (WYSM). WYSM’s mission is to provide empowerment training to both police officers and the public to improve legitimacy and reduce acts of violence during encounters by taking attitudes “From Duty to Desire.” Jason’s unique training approach partners law enforcement and community trainers to instruct, motivate, and lead those who they train. By utilizing both face-to-face interactions and digital engagement, Jason has spent thousands of hours on a quest to develop a system to teach others how to seek to better understand one another. His message is simple to hear, but challenging to live:
When we seek to better understand the people we don’t “like,” we find true success.
Jason left his traditional law enforcement role to focus on his work as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Community Policing, where he combines his skills in 21st Century Leadership, Procedural Justice, and Strategic Communication. Jason has spoken to more than 40,000 leaders in the public and private sectors. Jason’s most recent honor has been closing the 2022 FBINAA National Academy Conference as the Keynote Speaker engaging more than 3,000 law enforcement leaders with a talk on the “Future of Policing.” Jason has been recognized as an SME on Communication and Community Policing by major organizations such as Lexipol, Fox News, the National F.O.P, the New York POST, and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to name a few. Jason has appeared numerous times on television, radio, and print media. He has been recognized for his heroism on duty as a street cop, for his work off-duty in uniting police and the public, and for his philanthropic efforts in funding scholarships for “At-promise” youth.
Feb. 21, 2023
Jason Lehman has an amazing story. He's a former cop who talks about how he went from wrecking his community to rebuilding it. Now, how did he get there? Jason felt like he was operating in the gray area as an officer early …