Ryan Tillman, Founder of Breaking Barriers United, joins the Learning Unlocked podcast to discuss his mission is to change the perception people have of police officers, while understanding what exactly police officers are doing to form those perceptions. Tillman addresses current issues between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He also discusses tactics for de-escalating conflicts and learning about others so that we may understand them better. Ryan has partnered with OpenSesame to create elearning courses that specialize in police training topics that go beyond the standardized, mandatory requirements. Ryan believes that by offering these educational opportunities, we can repair the bond between law enforcement and the community.
Since the start of BBU, Ryan speaks on a national level for both Law Enforcement and non-LE organizations. He has created afterschool programs that train and teach students about the profession of Law Enforcement and Career Development and he also has a podcast called “ITSNEEDED” which is currently downloaded in over 47 countries. He hosts the annual “ITSNEEDED” conference, which brings law enforcement and city officials together for common goals and relationship building. Ryan is currently developing a program called “The United” which aims at recruiting and training the best future police officers. Ryan will not cease his efforts until his goal of “Changing the Face of Modern-Day Policing” is completed. Ryan lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and 3 children.