Needs Your Ideas and Input!

CopsAlive needs your help. Our mission is to create a forum for cops to help other cops by engaging in discussions and sharing ideas and information to help each other plan for happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond the job.

Most of all we need readers. If you like what you are reading here please pass it on. Send a link or a note to all of your law enforcement friends online or tell them to check out

We also need more information and ideas to make this blog a useful tool to all of you. We need law enforcement professionals to give us their opinions in surveys, to provide us with new story ideas and to write comments about the stories that are already here. We need articles written by you and others in the police field, and we need interesting photos and interesting people to interview.

We also recognize that law enforcement is a team effort and we want to include everyone involved in the field of law enforcement. This includes police officers, sheriff’s deputies, constables, detectives, district attorney’s, investigators, correctional officers, dispatchers, police management, staff from law enforcement agencies and organizations from around the world. We all share the same mission and we all share the same challenges in completing our mission successfully and being able to survive the rigors and the stresses of this job. was founded for cops to help other cops succeed in life and in their careers. We need the input of lots of cops. You could be one of them. Would you consider writing an article, taking a short opinion survey or commenting on an article that is here already?

Here are some editorial guidelines to assist you. is a site created to help law enforcement officers successfully navigate their careers and build happy, healthy lives. We believe that law enforcement is the most noble of professions and acknowledge that many people working in law enforcement make sacrifices everyday to make our communities safer and happier. We believe that those professionals in law enforcement also deserve that kind of consideration and we intend to do that by collecting and disseminating information that will help them have better careers and better lives. We accomplish this by establishing a running commentary on the Internet thru the use of a web log or Blog. We create interactive discussions and stimulate action around the hidden dangers facing the police. We use survey instruments online, and in person, to discover the beliefs of our industry and we tailor information strategies and tools for them from this information. If you believe in this mission and have something to contribute we would welcome it. Here are a few guidelines.

Generally, our blog entries are between 500 – 2500 words. Longer material may be utilized in part or as a PDF download.

Material submitted becomes the sole property of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.

Titles, articles and other materials may be edited or changed at the discretion of the editors at LESI or

The author should submit a biography along with a head and shoulders photograph no smaller that 3×5 inches and taken within the last three years.

Most of the material on is written or tailor specifically for law enforcement professionals and is distributed within one or more of the following categories:
Plan Your Life
Plan Your Fun
Plan Your Health
Plan Your Relationships
Plan Your Career
Plan Your Finances
Plan Your Retirement
Plan Your Growth
Have a Back-Up Plan
Start a Business

All materials must have actionable ideas and offer follow-up resources.

If you are selling something it must meet the above criteria and be a product that benefits members of law enforcement. Direct selling through is done only after written agreement and LESI and generally require a mechanism to pay a sales commission to LESI.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute works to establish and build cooperative relationships with any and all organizations that benefit the members of the law enforcement profession. We encourage cooperative web links and an exchange of information and products that help build a stronger support network for police officers. Please contact our editor at for more information or send your submission to: . Thank you!

We also need information and the best way to gather that is to have lots of you complete are online surveys. They are designed to take only a couple of minutes and could generate information that can help lots of police officers around the world.

At very least we need to spread the word about CopsAlive so we have more and more diversity of ideas and input.

Please tell another cop about CopsAlive. Why not tell a hundred?

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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