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Chino police officer agrees to be a full-time ‘changemaker’

Corporal Ryan Tillman is at the center of a new documentary about his efforts to bridge the gap between cops and the community.

The documentary tells the story of a movement he started called Break down united barriers. The policeman has become so in demand that he recently resigned in fullwork part-time as a Chino Police Department officer to focus on building relationships between law enforcement and the public.

Tillman has spent years off working with schools and law enforcement groups as well as on social media, sharing his perspective and platform on hot policing issues often seen on the news. He founded Breaking Barriers United long before the 2020 protests, when the community and the police became a major issue.

Requests for him to speak have grown so big nationwide that he says “God put it on my heart” to go full time. He will remain with Chino PD, but will only work a few shifts per month to focus on their social media and community outreach.


Tillman says his number one priority is being a full-time father as a married father of three. Being a black man, he offers a perspective that many can relate to. He says he never thought of being a police officer, but being on the job has given him new insight into law enforcement. When he was a school resource officer, he wowed students with his love of dancing and performed uniformed moves at football games and school auditorium events.

Breaking Barriers United’s motto is: “Mending the Bond Between Law Enforcement and the Community.” He says he also works with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and recently spoke to students with the star athlete.

During his final days this spring with Chino PD as a full-time officer, Tillman and his partner spent a day handing out donuts as a thank you to the community for their support. They distributed eight cards for his eight years on patrol. He jokes, “if an officer tells you he doesn’t like donuts, he’s lying!”