LESI Launches new Do-It-Yourself Armor Your Self Training Curriculum

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute has just released two Do-It-Yourself Small Agency Curriculum Packages, to assist academy classes or small agencies that can’t afford more expensive training programs.

These two packages, based on the book Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement, include either 10 or 20 copies of the Armor Your Self: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement resilience building textbooks, plus a 148-page training curriculum that licenses your agency to facilitate the Armor Your Self basic training program in-house for your personnel. The package includes a full, six-session, basic training curriculum PDF with six individual session lesson plans, a set of 80 PowerPoint slides for each lesson, activities and discussion questions, plus… six of our ten-minute roll call/staff meeting discussion guides to reinforce the training topics with on-going activities. The packages are intended to facilitate in-house discussion and development of a basic resilience program using the Armor Your Self textbook. These two packages include 10 or 20 books, but additional books can be purchased directly from us. The course relies heavily on the book and it is recommended that every participant in the course have their own copy of the book. (This prices include free shipping on the books). NOTE: This curriculum is designed so that the leader of the group does not need to have any law enforcement training experience. The program is discussion based so the participants get most of their information from reading assignments in the AYS book, and only asks for a “facilitator” to lead the discussions.

You can learn more, or purchase the curriculum packages by visiting:

HERE’S WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT ARMOR YOUR SELF™:In a book review published 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” and “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.“ and “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 in 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 stated:
“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.”


“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.
Behavioral Sciences and Management Consultant
Author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement

“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

“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: 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
Author of Reflections of a Police Psychologist and
Contemporary Issues in Police Psychology:
Police Peer Support Team Training and
the Make it Safe Police Officer

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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 Tactical Resilience™ and Ethical Policing Project (TREPP) is our international initiative to promote the health and resiliency of law enforcement professionals by conditioning our people physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as well as paying attention to strengthening their mindset, level of personal mastery, depth of their social support system sand their financial fitness. It also provides a set of tools and techniques that, replenish their spiritual health and, restores their inner peace and clarity.  TREPP is expandable to meet the needs of your community and your budget and can use training, assessments and consulting to assist you where you need it. We build human resilience, create processes to enhance agency support systems, promote a culture of wellness, and most importantly initiate community lead projects thru our Law enforcement officers as Community Action Leaders (LoCAL) initiative.
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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.
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