Armor Your Self™ 2019 Workshops

Have you read the 458 page softcover resilience textbook: Armor Your Self: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement and want to learn more?

We are bringing our Armor Your Self™ workshops to a city near you:

Armor Your Self™ 2019 Preliminary Spring Workshop Calendar includes workshops in Daytona Beach, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska; Pueblo, Colorado; Glendale, Arizona and one hosted by the Louisiana State Police.

To learn more or register for one of these workshops visit:

The Armor Your Self™ project is a powerful concept that will begin building the foundations of law enforcement health and wellness for your personnel, your families and for your organization.

The program is taught as a Resilience Research Learning Laboratory with all the participants researching, discussing and learning information that is specific, and important to them.

Each participant receives a copy of the 458 page softcover resilience textbook: Armor Your Self: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement by John Marx (a $24.95 value).

Participants will find the tools they need to recognize the symptoms of the toxic effects… and hidden dangers, of a career in law enforcement.

Each participant will create an action-plan to thrive and flourish in life and their career. They will also build a plan to help their family, peers, team and organization.

Our Armor Your Self™ workshop includes eight hours of exploration about how each participant can begin strengthening and conditioning their “Self” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They will also learn how to strengthen agency support systems, condition our law enforcement culture for wellness and improve our police/community interactions.

The Armor Your Self™ Learning Lab Workshop is not a “sit and listen” seminar but rather a highly interactive session where each participant does individual research, engages in group discussions and develops their own personalized Tactical Resilience™ Action Plan to improve their lives, that of their family and peers and also the health and resilience of their agency and community as a whole.

If your agency would like to host an Armor Your Self™ workshop please contact our office. CLICK HERE to reach us by email or call 303-949-0411 and we will send you all the details.

Your instructor will be:

John Marx, CPP
John Marx is the Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI), and author of the book Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement. He is Editor of and over sees the Police Wellness Project. He has been a law enforcement trainer for over 35 years and served in both a sheriff’s office and municipal police department. He started writing and teaching about wellness and resilience after one of his law enforcement friends completed suicide in 2007. John serves on numerous law enforcement boards and holds a lifetime Certified Protection Professional credential from the American Society for Industrial Security.



In a book review published January 11, 2019 in Canada’s national law enforcement magazine BlueLine – retired, RCMP Insp. Gibson Glavin said:

“John Marx’s Armor Your Self is a worthy addition to a growing body of well researched and thoughtfully presented books… on career resiliency in law enforcement”

“Armor Your Self somewhat unique is that Marx, a 23-year veteran of policing in the Unites States, has gone beyond the theoretical or experiential approach of many books on the subject. Instead he has created a “how to” practical training and educational system for both the individual and police force to follow. ”

“John Marx’s Armor Your Self “How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” is not just another emotional survival book for police. It contains achievable and intuitively appropriate steps and training outcomes for the cultural, physical, emotional and spiritual health of police officers. It is a resource that all Canadian police should take note of. I would not be surprised if Canada’s auditor general has done so.”


In a review published September 2018 the South African Community-based Safety and Security Magazine – Servamus said:

“This book is not meant to be a quick fix, but rather aims to empower readers if they are willing to do the work needed to benefit from its contents. In other words, this book is a “programme” to assist law enforcers to make themselves stronger and better able to endure the rigours of the job … and in helping each other. This book is indeed different to others thanks to the practical examples written by a fellow cop who has experienced a lot of hidden dangers and who sees a need for the profession to improve.”


Australian Federal Police Association BlueStar magazine review September 2018 pages 38-39

“Police suicide, job burnout, divorce, PTSD and alcoholism are just a few of the negative outcomes of our career that we are warned about before joining up. Yet despite these warnings, such problems still plague members of our profession…In his book, Marx gives our profession a comprehensive plan, or what he calls a “system of systems” to get to the root causes of these problems and to build wellness and resilience for all of our people.”


“Wow! Armor Your Self™ is a landmark, pioneering work, that belongs on every cop’s bookshelf”.

Dave Grossman
Lt. Col., USA (Retired)
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”.

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!”

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.”

Dave and Betsy Smith Law Enforcement Trainers and Authors



Australian Federal Police Association BlueStar magazine review September 2018 pages 38-39

American Police Beat January 2018 page 30
APB Review of AYS = Nov 6, 2017

PoliceOne – Warriors Path Sept 18 2017

Force Science News Sept 6, 2017
Force Science News #346


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CopsAlive is written to prompt discussions within our profession about the issues of law enforcement career survival, health and wellness. We invite you to share your opinions, ask questions and suggest topics for us in the Comment Box that is at the bottom of this article.

At The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) we train law enforcement officers to cope with stress and manage all the toxic effects and hidden dangers of a career in law enforcement.

Our “Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” on-site training program is an eight hour, hands-on, “How to” seminar based upon John Marx’ book of the same name. This seminar helps police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to build Tactical Resilience™ and survive their careers in police work. To learn more CLICK HERE. To learn about and buy the book CLICK HERE.

The concept of “True Blue Valor™” is where one law enforcement officer has to muster the courage to confront a peer who is slipping both professionally and personally and endangering themselves, their peers and the public. It takes a system of organizational support and professional leadership to support and foster the concept of courage and intervention. We will train your trainers to deliver this program to your agency.
To learn more CLICK HERE

Our “Armor Your Agency™: How to Create a Healthy and Supportive Law Enforcement Agency” Program includes critical strategies that you will need to build a system of support and encouragement for a healthy and productive agency. To learn more CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to read more about The Law Enforcement Survival Institute.

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I’m John Marx, Founder of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and the Editor of Connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. was founded to provide information and strategies to help police officers successfully survive their careers and improve their heathy, wellness and effectiveness. We help law enforcement officers and their agencies prepare for the risks that threaten their existence. Thank you for reading!

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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  1. Hi Donna,
    Thank you for your kind comments. I know you will make a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. Thank you for participating in our workshop, and for your service in making this world a better place. Stay safe and stay well!

  2. What an empowering book! The class was really eye-opening with so much interactive self-introspection! Our Career is killing us and it is up to us to figure out how to find the balance that is so necessary to survive it and also thrive in it! Thank you to Lousiana State Police for Hosting this event on 06/13/2019, and to Mr. Marx who gave such an insightful and meaningful experience to each LEO attending! I look forward to the “homework” and really see the differences I make in my own life and in those I work with who are willing to put in the work to make the changes necessary to change their lives for the better. This class will not only make you better as an LEO, but also a better parent, partner, husband or wife, and as a member of each of our communities, really change lives. We cant save and help others if we cant save and help ourselves first!

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