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John Marx, CPP John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked in both a sheriff's office and a municipal police department. He has served as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. He was also the administrator of his city's Community Policing project which they called Community Oriented Governance because it involved over 70 city employee volunteers from all city departments serving as neighborhood team leaders and team members. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John began researching the problems that trauma and negative stress create for police officers. In 2008 John founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and began writing on CopsAlive.com. The mission of both LESI and CopsAlive is to save the lives of the people who save lives! John holds a lifetime Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Society For Industrial Security. The Law Enforcement Survival Institute gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives and distributes that information through it's training programs and on www.CopsAlive.com. As well as working with law enforcement agencies John also works as a private consultant and has provided training in the leadership development programs of several Fortune 100 corporations. Learn more about John and his work at www.LawEnforcementSurvivalInstitute.org, www.CopsAlive.com and www.ArmorYourSelf.com


"Wow! Armor Your Self(TM) 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 (Retired)
Author of On Combat, On Killing, and Assassination Generation"The book, Armor Your Self(TM) 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.
Police Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences and Management Consultant
Author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement"If a book is weighed on the basis of how useful it is, Armor Your Self(TM) 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(TM) 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"Armor Your Self(TM) How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement is the most comprehensive, effective book of its kind I've ever seen. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and ethical aspects of a career in law enforcement and of the people who wear the badge, and the insights and techniques it provides will save lives, careers, and marriages. Get yourself a copy right away. And that cop you know, the one who is tired, angry, and demoralized? Order one for him / her, too."Cary A. Friedman
Author, Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement"Armor Your Self(TM) How to survive a career in law enforcement is a must have for anyone working in or with law enforcement! This is one of the best overall compilations of resources, guidance and techniques for those who navigate the high-stress, high-performance world of police work. Whether you're an officer, family member or professional support staff, this resource will make you better at what you do!"CDR Eric G. Potterat, Ph.D., USN (Retired)
Clinical and Performance Psychologist
Former Head Psychologist for the US Navy SEALs

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