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Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement helps law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This book is also for law enforcement family members to use to learn how to help your family survive this career.

In this book you will learn about:
• Blue Trauma Syndrome • The 7 Key Factors of Tactical Resilience™ • Comprehensive Survival Skills to Save Your Life and Your Health • Critical Concepts for Stress Reduction • How to Armor Your Agency™ • The Concept of True Blue Valor™

This book is filled with practical exercises, tactics and techniques to help you build your resilience intentionally! In print the book is softcover, 450 pages

$24.95 USD plus Shipping & Handling

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Early Praise for Armor Your Self:

Please also visit our Testimonials page to see what early reviewers are saying about the book!

“Wow! Armor Your Self™ is a landmark, pioneering work, that belongs on every cop’s bookshelf. Get this book! Study this book! Apply this book! It will save careers, it will save marriages, and it will save lives! Relatives of police should give this book to “your” cop. Mental health and medical practitioners, counselors, psychologists and therapists should use this book as a part of your wellness and therapeutic plan for police officers. There is no other book like this available today. It is essential and irreplaceable. And a hearty “Well done!” to John Marx! These are hard times in law enforcement, and in our nation, and I believe John was put here “for just such a time as this.”

Dave Grossman
Lt. Col., USA (ret.)
Author of On Combat, On Killing, and Assassination Generation


“The book, Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement gives information and skills to the law enforcement professional to not only survive their career, but also to stop transferring unresolved emotional issues into inappropriate police conduct. An important contribution to the law enforcement field.”

Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Police Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences and Management Consultant
Author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement


“If a book is weighed on the basis of how useful it is, Armor Your Self™ weighs a ton! Step by practical step, it coaches you on how to build the life-saving skill of resilience, the most critical quality for surviving the physical, mental, and emotional perils of a law enforcement career. A perfect gift for new recruits, an invaluable Rx for veteran officers who already are under siege from the many threats and stresses of the Job.”

Charles Remsberg
Author, the Street Survival book series


“Armor Your Self™” is one of those rare resources that is truly an encyclopedia for a successful law enforcement career. From physical fitness to tactical exercises to emotional well-being, John Marx has put together a book for every cadet, rookie, trainer, administrator and senior member of every police department in North America. It should be on the shelf of every law enforcement agency and academy library and must be shared with anyone who has a cop in the family. It’s one of those books that, after reading, we looked at each other and said “Why didn’t we write this?” Thankfully, John Marx did.

Dave and Betsy Smith
Law Enforcement Trainers and Authors


“What are you willing to do to save a life? What about your own life? This comprehensive manual tells you how to find your way through the minefield of mental, emotional and spiritual assaults you experience in police work. Armor Your Self™ teaches you that overwhelming stress, burnout, PTSD and despair can be prevented or managed. The exercises and tactics in this book prepare you to survive, thrive, and enjoy your work and life. It’s one of the best books for personal survival you will ever read.”

Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR
Author of CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is the most comprehensive, effective book of its kind I’ve ever seen. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and ethical aspects of a career in law enforcement and of the people who wear the badge, and the insights and techniques it provides will save lives, careers, and marriages. Get yourself a copy right away. And that cop you know, the one who is tired, angry, and demoralized? Order one for him / her, too.”

Cary A. Friedman
Author, Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement


“Armor Your Self™: How to survive a career in law enforcement is a must have for anyone working in or with law enforcement! This is one of the best overall compilations of resources, guidance and techniques for those who navigate the high-stress, high-performance world of police work. Whether you’re an officer, family member or professional support staff, this resource will make you better at what you do!”

CDR Eric G. Potterat, Ph.D., USN (Retired)
Clinical and Performance Psychologist
Former Head Psychologist for the US Navy SEALs


“Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is an essential read for all law enforcement officers. John Marx is an experienced veteran police officer who provides practical and comprehensive information necessary for career-long officer-wellness. It is equally significant to spouses of officers and others that have an interest in the challenges confronted by modern day law enforcement officers.”

Jack. A. Digliani, PhD, EdD
Police Psychologist

The Armor Your Self™ Training Program

Our mission of “Saving the Lives of the People Who Save Lives” extends from our “Armor Your Self™” training seminar to the Information, strategies and tools available on our website to help cops plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.

The “Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” on-site training program is an eight hour hands on “How to” seminar that helps police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We also teach how to Armor Your Agency™ against the stresses and traumas inherent in careers in law enforcement.

Many people who serve, and who have served, in law enforcement bear the scars of the cumulative stresses that accompany the career. The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and work tirelessly to assemble strategies, tactics and best practices to help anyone working in this profession successfully survive their career. LESI and work with agencies and families to create environments that support healthy, happy and effective law enforcement professionals both on the job and at home.

This training program is a powerful seminar that will help you begin building the foundations of law enforcement health and wellness for you and for your organization. You will find the tools you need to recognize the symptoms of the toxic effects of a career in law enforcement, and be able to create a plan for your survival as well as for your team and organization.

Our “Armor Your Self™” Program includes eight hours of training on the following topics:

The Eight Modules of The Armor Your Self™ Program:
1. The “Hidden Dangers” of Law Enforcement and Threat Assessment
2. Armor Your Self™ A New Strategy
3. Armor Your Self™ Physically
4. Armor Your Self™ Mentally
5. Armor Your Self™ Emotionally
6. Armor Your Self™ Spiritually
7. Armor Your Agency™
8. Action Planning for Career Survival

In this program you will learn about:
Comprehensive Survival Skills to Save Your Life and Your Health
Gaining Control Over Your Career, Your Relationships and Your Finances
The Development of Emotional Combat Survival Techniques
9 Critical Protective Factors
7 Core Concepts for Stress Reduction
The Way of the Blue Warrior
The Concept of True Blue Valor

You will learn to conduct a “Threat Assessment” of your life and career and then to benchmark your organizations programs using different models for wellness. You can begin to build your own strategic wellness plan and use the short-term wellness planning checklist to steer your life and career toward positive and successful career survival.

We have included self-paced training modules so you can create a system of “Fire Spotters and Smoke Jumpers” to recognize trouble and then establish a “Family Support System” to create positive relationships. We have also included information on the ten Steps toward creating “Tactical Wellness”.

There is material on building positive relationships and you will learn how to successfully plan for your retirement. There is even a “Suggested Reading List” so you can further enhance your Tactical Wellness and Survival Skills.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF flyer about the training program

About the primary presenter John Marx, CPP, CHM
John Marx holds certifications in both service and security management. He was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. In 2008 he founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of both LESI and CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! The Law Enforcement Survival Institute gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives and distributes that information through it’s training programs and

Our Program Package is $3,500 per day (within the continental United States), per instructor, and Includes all travel expenses within the lower 48 States. We offer other arrangements with multiple instructors and for multiple-day or half-day programs. We are also available for keynote speeches if a seminar is not what you need. Please contact us for more information on these or any other options.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF document about our Armor Your Self ™ on-site training program!

CLICK HERE to download a PDF document about our Armor Your Agency™ Program

For quantity discounts, please contact us at 303-940-0411 for a price quote.

For more information about this program call The Law Enforcement Survival Institute at 303-940-0411 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) works with individuals and organizations to help them create and sustain success in their lives and careers as law enforcement professionals. We are a source for training, resources and information about how to create and sustain a happy, healthy and successful life and career while providing superior law enforcement service to your community.

In short we are: “Saving the Lives of Those Who Save Lives”

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