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 heads up the “Community Engagement Division.”

Jason has decided to dedicate himself to dispelling myths about police/public relations and increasing education in order 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.lehman@wysm.org