Jason Lehman has been a police officer with the city of Long Beach since 2006. He is the founder of the nonprofit educational consulting organization called “Why’d You Stop Me?”.
Jason holds bachelor’s degrees in Interpersonal communication and criminology, which he earned while on a football scholarship at the University of South Florida.
After spending his early law enforcement years on a street crimes unit focused on gang and violent crime suppression, Jason’s career focus has shifted as today he currently has the privilege of being the “Community Engagement Officer” for the LBPD.
Jason has dedicated himself to dispell myths about police/public relations, by increasing education to increase safety. Teaching from a street cops perspective, Jason explains that “If we don’t teach people how we want to be treated, how can we ensure that anyone else will?” Jason and his team have presented “CP21” (Community Policing in the 21st Century to Reduce Conflict) programs to more than 10,000 law enforcement officers and community members, in more than 20 cities across the country.
Jason is a California P.O.S.T. AICC qualified instructor who teaches on “Community Policing”, “Tactical Communication”, and other subjects at the Long Beach Police Academy and academies across the state.
Jason is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Anti-Defamation League’s “Helene and Joseph Sherwood Award” for reducing hate and bigotry in this country, the “Golden Mike” for “Best Radio News Affairs Program” from the “Radio and Television News Association of Southern California” for an interview on a KKJZ-FM show entitled, “Life behind the badge, what you don’t know about being a cop,” and he was named one of the “40 most successful people in Long Beach under the age of 40” by the Long Beach Post in 2016.
Jason can be reached at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney Coulter is a California state certified substance abuse counselor who has focused his work on California’s inmate population. Rodney is a leader who serves as one WYSM’s “Community Champions.” Rodney concentrates on the importance of “Going from a Place to a Place” and dealing with the bias that may exist in the minds of both police officers and the community members they serve.
In 2015, Coulter graduated from Long Beach City College with a degree in Health and Human Services. Rodney has recently received numerous accolades including having been named the 2016 “Long Beach Hero of the Year.”
From the age of 11 to the age of 40, Coulter had been arrested 39 times by the Long Beach Police Department and has been convicted of numerous felony crimes. As a member of a Long Beach based criminal street gang and in his later years, as a drug addict, he spent years breaking down the same community he swore that he loved.
Today, Rodney Coulter is free of criminal behavior and drug use! He is a hard-working and proud grandfather who is determined to give back to a community he spent years breaking down. Coulter feels as though it is his role with WYSM to help ensure a cross cultural approach to CP21 empowerment training and helps us to better understand the importance of “humanizing a contact” on both sides.
Gregory Sanders is the founder and senior pastor of The ROCK Christian Fellowship in Long Beach, California and the president of the Long Beach Minister’s Alliance. In 2014, Pastor Sanders joined WYSM’s Board of Directors. As an active community advocate for over twenty-five years, he strives to balance ties between pastors, police, and the communities these two entities serve.
During CP21 training, Officer Jason Lehman asks Pastor Sanders to speak about the “Power of Choice” in law enforcement and community relations.
Pastor Sanders is deeply rooted in his community and his work has taken a focus on neighborhoods comprised of men and women color. Pastor Sanders serves on numerous justice system involved projects on both the local and national levels.