How Comprehensive are Your Officer Survival Skills?

John Marx along with three other speakers have been invited to present an eight hour program on Comprehensive Survival Skills at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference this April 11-16, 2011 in Chicago Illinois.  This conference is huge, offering more than 150 courses (including more than two dozen instructor certification/armorer courses) with up to 20 sessions running simultaneously!

John Marx, Christian Dobratz, Lisa Wimberger and Dale Graff will present four two-hour blocks entitled:
“Tactical Wellness: To Serve with Valor, Protect Yourself Now” (Marx);
“The Cumulative Effects of Stress – Recognition, Intervention and Survival” (Dobratz);
“Emotional Survival and Stress Management” (Wimberger); and
“Optimizing Survival: Enhancing External and Internal Awareness” (Graff).

Please join us for what is going to be an eye-opening discussion on Law Enforcement Wellness and Career Survival.

John S. Marx, CPP is Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute;
Lisa Wimberger is the CEO of Trance Personnel Consulting Group;
Christian Dobratz is a retired police officer and an Assistant Professor at  Minnesota State University at Mankato;
Dale Graff is a Facilitator, author and former Director of the U.S. military’s Stargate Project.

In John’s Tactical Wellness for law Enforcement session he will show… that Tactical Wellness Planning Includes 9 Nine Critical Protective Factors:

1.  Life Planning for lifelong growth and success
2.  Emotional Combat Survival Training
3.  Stress Management Planning and Practice
4.  Peer and Professional Support Systems
5.  Career Threat Mitigation including Family Support Networks
6.  Personal Resiliency
7.  Team Responsibility – including True Blue Valor
8.  Organizational Responsibility
9.  Career Survival Planning

At we believe that effective Peer Support is critical for officer survival CLICK HERE to download a copy or our LESI Peer Support Program Infosheet.  This can be helpful if you would like to learn more about Peer Support Programs and maybe start one for your agency.

All of these issues will be discussed at the ILEETA conference and we will be expanding upon each as a topic here at over the next couple of months.

If you would like to follow our discussion in preparation for the conference please check  back at our page:

If these topics interest you please join us when we present Comprehensive Survival Skills on April 15, 2011 at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference being held at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in the beautiful Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois.

To learn more about or register for the conference CLICK HERE. 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 to contact us to learn more about training for your organization.

Stay Safe!

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 William,
    I’m sorry that you can’t make the conference. You are not alone, many law enforcement organization are going through very tough economic times right now. I will update our page with information from the conference and we will be posting articles and videos from the conference.

  2. I would really enjoy that conference. It is certainly alligned with our model of providing peer counseling, assessment, referrals and crisis intervention. Mental wellness is very low on most police budgets. Preventing me from attending is the fact that NJ is broke!

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