LESI Wellness Panel Discussion

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) invites you to view our wellness panel discussion that was streamed live online on April 23, 2020.

This wellness and resilience information is suitable for all first responders and your family members. We will have a live audience and will record it for others to watch, later for free, on the CopsAlive.com YouTube channel.

With all that is happening in the world today maintaining your health and wellness is of paramount importance. Law enforcement professionals, other first responders and members of the military are normally faced with the most challenging situations in the world and now with a new global pandemic to face your personal wellness is mission critical.

John Marx, CPP
Law Enforcement Chaplain Cary Friedman
NYPD Detective First Grade (Ret.) Mordecai Z. Dzikansky
Sgt. Clarke Paris, LVMPD (ret.)
Tracie Paris, RN, BSN
Lois James, Ph.D.
Stephen James, Ph.D.

Christie Ward, CSP

Time: Duration 129 minutes

Who: All First Responders and Your Family Members

What: Online discussion of everyday wellness challenges and resilience strategies


John Marx, CPP
John Marx is the Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and founder of CopsAlive.com. He is the author of the book Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement. Today, John provides consulting, assessment and training to law-enforcement agencies and professionals who want to be their best through a focus on wellness and resilience. John believes that if we don’t take care of our people, we can’t take care of THE people!

Chaplain Cary A. Friedman
Cary Friedman is a consultant and lecturer on matters of stress-management and ethics for the law enforcement community. A hospital, prison, and police chaplain, he began consulting to the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, VA in 2001, and contributed to the design of the Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement course for the FBI’s National Academy. Chaplain Friedman is the author of five books, including Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement and Wisdom from the Batcave.

NYPD Intelligence Detective First Grade (Ret.) Mordecai Z. Dzikansky
Det. Dzikansky is the author of Terrorist Suicide Bombings: Attack, Interdiction, Mitigation & Response and Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists.
He worked at ground zero following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and from 2003 to 2008 was posted in Israel as the first NYPD Intelligence Division Overseas Liaison. His focus was intelligence gathering and the relay of key information back to NYC to enhance the Department’s ability to recognize, react to, and prevent or recover from terrorist acts.

Sgt. Clarke Paris, LVMPD (ret.)
Clarke Paris retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. at the rank of Sergeant after 27 years of service. He has devoted his retirement to educating law enforcement, first responders and military members on how to deal with PTSD and suicide. In 2000 Clarke authored a book The Pain Behind The Badge and in 2008 released a documentary film of the same name. Now he and his wife Tracie travel the nation presenting the film to thousands of police officers, military personnel, and their spouses.

Tracie Paris, RN, BSN
Tracie Paris has been a Registered Nurse for the past 29 years. She has worked as a Trauma/ER Nurse, Outpatient Surgery Nurse and Charge Nurse. In 2006 she was honored as ‘Nurse of the Year’. Clarke and Tracie have traveled the nation presenting The Pain Behind The Badge to thousands of police officers, military personnel, and their spouses. Clarke and Tracie were involved in recovery and training of personnel assigned to VA Tech PD after the 33 student massacre as well as Lakewood Police Department Personnel after that agency’s four officers were murdered as they sat in a coffee shop in November, 2009.

Lois James, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at Washington State University
Dr. James is core faculty in the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC), where she focuses on the relationship between sleep, health, and performance in elite populations such as nurses, combat medics, military personnel, police officers, and top tier athletes. She is particularly interested in how sleep disruption due to shift work lead to negative health outcomes and performance deficits. Dr. James creates fatigue management strategies to help build resilience and reduce the risk of performance deficits and chronic health issues.

Stephen James, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at Washington State University
Dr. James served in the British military as an infantry soldier and officer; serving in Cyprus, the Former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan and now works in WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center. Dr. James’ research focus includes the interaction between physical stressors (such as sleep related fatigue), law, policy, training and practice relating to operational performance for military and law enforcement personnel. He strives to better understand the dynamics of performance in a wide variety of policing tasks; driving, citizen encounters, crisis intervention, and deadly force encounters.


Christie Ward, CSP
Christie Ward is a nationally acclaimed leadership and communication expert known for high-content, high-energy workshops and keynotes that get results. A fearless facilitator who tackles the tough subjects, Christie’s workshops are highly customized to meet organizations’ specific needs and are interwoven with real-world stories and actionable tactics. Since 1999, when she founded The Impact Institute, Christie has focused on communication, leadership, and team-building topics that result in more productive teams and effective leadership.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute
The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) is a virtual organization made up of a cadre of industry experts who provide assessment, consulting, training services to improve wellness and resilience. These specialists who have expertise in a variety of topics on wellness, resilience, human performance and improving the law enforcement, and emergency response culture. At The Law Enforcement Survival Institute we believe that wellness and resilience are necessary and exist in a symbiotic relationship between the individual employee, the organization, the organizational culture and the community they serve.

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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 CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! CopsAlive.com gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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