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One of the most frequently asked questions when stopped by the police…

Why'd you stop me?

And we have the answer for both sides…

The Community

WYSM offers insight to the community as to the role of the police officer in the community and how both sides can work together to improve their relations.

Schools

Community Groups

City Councils

First Responders

WYSM teaches first responders skills and tools they need to use to help bridge the gap between their profession and the people they serve.

Law Enforcement

Fire Service

Emergency Medical Service

It’s often said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Don’t judge this article by its title either…

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FACT

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. Long Beach police officer, Jason Lehman, created this unique program to increase transparency in policing in an effort to eliminate these acts of violence.

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FACT

Programs like WYSM help everyone in a community to have better relationships.

WYSM programs have been successfully provided to more than 45,000 community members and more than 17,000 First Responders since 2014. Our attendees have committed to knowing better and doing better.

We’ve trained these agencies and more…

Austin Texas Police Badge
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Montebello Police Badge
North Little Rock Police logo
Alhambra Police Badge

AGENCIES TRAINED

PEACE OFFICERS TRAINED

STATES

So what will you learn at a WYSM Training Class?

VOICE

Honoring the voice on both sides of a relationship.

NEUTRALITY

Treating others how they want to be treated.

RESPECT

Respecting the heartbeat of all people.

TRUST

If we are not building it, we are breaking it down.

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Police and Sheriff's Departments

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Powerful Testimonials

“It’s incredible to see a human being connect to another, regardless of a badge, a gun, or a criminal record.”

 

Anonymous
WYSM Attendee

“This program probably saved my life.”

 

Anonymous
High School WYSM Student

“TAG helps members of the Long Beach Community to better understand procedure. Young men and women of color are safer because of the WYSM TAG Program.”

 

Naomi Rainey-Pierson, President, NAACP LB Branch

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Today, members of the @burbankpolice engaged with members of the @burbankca community in the first of our 2-part Community Circle Sessions… Led by #TEAMWYSM’s Rev. Sunshine Daye, this dialogue is customized to help peace officers and the men and women who live, work, and play in Burbank come together and better understand each other. “What is the next step in the process?” you may be thinking…. NEXT STEP: a police ride-a-long!!! #BPD #BurbankPD #Burbank #Unite #Community #Police #Training #Love #LosAngeles #DiversityEquityInclusion #CommunityPolicing #Trust #OurWorld #Leadership #California ...

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Our first set of @sangabrielpd @san_gabriel_poa law enforcement leaders committed to getting 2% better today as they participated with our POST-certified CP21 Procedural Justice-based training! 💪 We are so proud to have helped the best to get even better. Please do let us know if we can bring our training to your city, county, or state agency. We are here and we will come to you, anywhere in California, for FREE. #CommunityPolicing #Police #BestOfTheBest #Community #Leadership #Safety #OurWorld ...

Dear Law Enforcement Officer, our @fopnational and @calpeaceofficer endorsed best practice “CP21” (Community Policing in the 21st Century) law enforcement training is being presented 14 times in the month of May! 💪.
Please let us know if you want to attend one of our courses by emailing training@wysm.org.
Our courses are the ONLY courses in California team taught by law enforcement and community which provide a system to peace officers to teach difficult community members how peace officers want to be treated while empowering cooperation and without jeopardizing safety. This course doesn’t look to make bad cops better… That’s not all that hard… Our program looks to make the best cops even BETTER!!! Thats our goal… Who is ready to become 2% better at work AND at home! #LeadershipMatters #Unite #OurWorld
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Thank you @policeone and @lexipolllc for featuring our founder @jasonlehman64 on your Podcast. CHECK IT OUT and let us know what you think! #Lexipol #Police1 #TeamWYSM #RelationshipBasedPolicing #Kindness #CommunityPolicing #Community
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Procedural Justice is a system of fairness that allows a peace officer to best understanding that the “process” matters MORE than the outcome. 💪.
Traditional cops will often say/think: “They should just go along with the Program!” BUT… Do “They” (the community) know what “The Program” really is? PJ is a skillset that allows for much more effective and SAFE communication. The #1 benefit to Procedural Justice is improved safety for BOTH peace officers and the community during a conflict situation. Please contact us at info@wysm.org if we can bring a training to your community… We train BOTH police and community and we will go anywhere. Today, our master instructor Darryl Meadows covers the application of Procedural Justice while training the men and women of the @sacsheriff at the @ranchocordovapd! #TeamWYSM #ItMatters #Unite #ProceduralJustice #HumanizeTheBadge #IfNotYouThenWho #OurWorld #Love #Respect #Voice #Neutrality #Respect #Trust
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When you work with the topics of Procedural Justice, De-escalation, Tactical Communication, and Community Trust Building, it’s often very important to keep ‘em laughing and smiling!!! Look at Armando Yearwood’s glasses! 🤓Hilarious… Thank you @glendalepolicedept @glendalepoa for a great first day of #TeamWYSM #CP21 training!!! Our first group of 20 patrol officers completed the training and left feeling a boost in morale and increased confidence in a somewhat uneasy world for a police officer to operate in. #Glendale #GlendalePD #Unite #ProceduralJustice #OurWorld #Police ...

@musicmanmando said it best… 🎤“Sculpting New Minds” and The Academy! The team had a blast… Tomorrow, @monterey_county_so… #CP21 #CommunityPolicing #Seaside #Unite #OurWorld #Unite #MPCAcademy #TheAcademy ...

CYNACISM: very dangerous for today’s peace officer.
Today, during our @teamwysm CP21 class hosted by @calpeaceofficer Master Instructor Armando Yearwood facilitates a discussion on the difference between Skepticism (healthy) and Cynacism (dangerous). 🙏
Knowing the difference is key to safety.

Huge “Thank You” to @ontario_pd for allowing us to use this room.

@#TeamWYSM #CommunityPolicing #Unite #OurWorld #Life #OntarioPD #RiversideCountySheriff #BeaumontPD #ChulaVistaPD #CalPolyPomonaPD #Police #Community #TrustBuilding
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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop… 🙏.
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#Unite #FresnoPD #CommunityPolicing #OurWorld #Fresno #TeamWYSM #Life #Empowerment #Education #Training #California #POST #CaliforniaPOST
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@teamwysm had a great time in Florida. I feel like our next state might just be Florida! 🤷‍♂️ #TeamWYSM #CommunityPolicing #Florida #OurWorld #Police #Community #StopTheViolence #Empowerment #Education #Life #ItMatters #Care #Concern #TheTeam #Teamwork #JupLife #WestPalmBeach ...

People improving communication with People! Thank you @santapaulapolicedepartment 💙 ...

Today, numerous students shared with us… “If I would have experienced this class earlier on in my career, I wouldn’t have made many of the “bad” decisions I have made in my career.” 🙏.
These same leaders explained that today’s course helped to validate that they are doing it right now. 💪.
It showed them how they can do it even better.” We, at #TeamWYSM are so very proud to help make the best better with our CP21 Procedural Justice-based Strategic Communication and Trust-Building training! Big thanks to @santapaulapolicedepartment @venturapolice @porthuenemepd for attending today’s training and for trusting in us!!! #ItMatters #Leadership #Police #Unite
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If you were raised not to trust the police, why would you see the value in trusting them? Our community champion @zeenavalenzuela helps the Field Training Officers of the @fresno.pd to better understand this idea today. If we don’t show the community we serve why they should trust us, why should we assume they will? #OurJob #TakeResponsibility #Fresno #FresnoPD #IncreaseSafety #OurWorld #Unite ...

@zeenavalenzuela… COMMUNITY HERO!💪 #TeamWYSM #OurTeamRocks ...

Affective learning is taking place today in Foster City!!! 💪.
Thank you to Foster City PD, San Mateo PD, Belmont PD, Brisbane PD, and Atherton PD for participating with today's training!!! #CP21 #EmotionBasedLearning #CommunityPolicing #Unite #POST #ServiceWithConcern #ProceduralJustice
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Today, @cpoa_region_x hosted #TeamWYSM CP21 Advanced Officer Procedural Justice-based Strategic Communication and deescalation training @laportpolice Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center. 25 leaders from 6 Southern California law enforcement agencies attended the training and left with a newfound commitment to seeking to better understand those they serve. Thank you to the following agencies:
@longbeachpd.ca
@laportpolice
@irwindalepoa
@beaumontca_pd
@santapaulapolicedepartment
@lapdhq
#Training #CPOA #Unite #ProceduralJustice #OurWorld #IfNotYouThanWho #LAPort #Police
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What an honor to have @longbeachpd.ca Training Division Commander Melvin McGuire engage with the men and women of the @lbcityprosecutor Summer Internship Program. He was able to assist with building trust and helping police and the community to better unite during our first OUTDOOR TAG (Together Achieving Greatness) training and we are so very thankful for our partnership! 💪. Thank you to the @longbeachpoa for the space and thank you to all our partners and supporters! #ItMatters #LongBeach ...