Call for Model Law Enforcement Policies

There were two police officer suicides within the last week that I am aware of, and maybe more.  Despite our best efforts at dealing with the toxic effects of a career in law enforcement, we still see the signs and symptoms everywhere.  In our training programs on these issues we talk about “fire spotters” in a nod to the fire service we think of peers and family members as the first line of defense in the battle to overcome some of the “hidden dangers” of law enforcement like suicide, domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse and other challenges to our health.  Yet, we still find that many agencies don’t have these front lines of defense and aren’t doing all that they can to help care for the precious human resources that we use to staff our law enforcement agencies and provide support their families as well.

In an effort to improve that process, and not force everyone to reinvent the wheel, we are calling on all law enforcement agencies and organizations from around the globe to put forth their best polices as samples that others might adapt and implement so that all agencies might safeguard our officers and their families.

Specifically we are looking for policies on “Law Enforcement Peer Support Programs”, “Law Enforcement Family Support Programs”, “Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Programs” and any policies that deal with the intervention and recovery process when dealing with an officer… or employee who might be slipping and needs some help.

These problems aren’t new, but many agencies haven’t taken the time to deal with them yet.  Let’s help them make some positive changes now before it’s too late.  Let’s all pitch in and support each other so that we leave no one else behind.

Please CLICK HERE to open an email window to send us your policies so that we might make them available to other agencies as samples from which to create their own policies.

Our condolences go out to all the survivors, peers and families of all the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty this, and every, year.  Too many law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice and too many others sacrifice their lives and health because they don’t know how to help themselves.  We as a profession need to make the necessary changes to stop as many of these losses as we can, and we are asking you now, for your help.

In our Law Enforcement Survival Institute training we provide information and strategies for  dealing with the toxic effects of a career in law enforcement.  We help officers recognize and deal with the “hidden dangers” of their jobs so that they can survive this career and “live happily ever after”.  To request more information about what we are doing CLICK HERE or visit the Training Tab at the top of

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

The Eight Modules of The “Armor Your Self™” Program
1.  Introduction to The “Hidden Dangers” of Law Enforcement (Symptoms)
2.  Why this job is toxic (Causes) and Issues to Overcome –
3.  Realistic Threat Assessment of Wellness Vulnerabilities
4.  Retooling Our Thinking and & Training Processes
5.  Personal Responsibility
6.  Team Responsibility & True Blue Valor™
7.  Organizational Responsibility
8.  Action Planning for Career Survival was founded to provide information and strategies to help police officers successfully survive their careers.  We help law enforcement officers and their agencies prepare for the risks that threaten their existence.

We do this by Helping Law Enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond.  We think the best strategy is for each officer to create a tactical plan for their own life and career.

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.  It is the primary goal of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute to become the preeminent 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.

CLICK HERE if you would like us to contact you about training for your organization.

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. Hello Sgt. Phillips,

    Thank you for your inquiry. The Armor Your Self™ program cost is $3500 which includes all of our travel expenses and fifty copies of our 64 page training manual. You can learn more, and download a PDF flyer of the program on the training tab at the top of the website.

  2. I am a Sgt with Indpls Metro PD. I’m writing a staff study on Peer Support Groups. What is the cost of the Armor Your Self program? Thank you.
    Judy Phillips


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