“Why’d you stop me?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions people have when stopped by the police. There is a violent confrontation between the police and a community member EVERY hour in our country.
This violence often stems from a lack of understanding and mistrust for the police. It is crucial that we educate our future leaders in the community about policing in order to promote positive interactions between community members and the police.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with retired Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Jason Lehman, who's mission it is to reduce violence between peace officers and the community through the training provided by his organization Why'd You Stop Me? (WYSM)
The National FOP endorsed Jason’s training organization, which aims to increase transparency in policing in an effort to eliminate these acts of violence. The organization’s mission is to provide empowerment training to both police officers and the public to improve legitimacy and reduce acts of violence during encounters.
In Part 1 of their conversation, National President Patrick Yoes and WYSM Founder Jason Lehman discuss Jason’s background and the eye-opening encounter that he had in a classroom that led him to found the organization. Later, they discuss the new ways in which policing relationships are formed and Jason’s thoughts on the future of law enforcement.
00:00 – Intro
00:56 – About Jason Lehman
02:33 – WYSM
13:10 – Relationship-Based Policing
18:18 – The Future of Law Enforcement