Building Tactical ResilienceTM & Ethical Policing

The challenge facing the future of our law enforcement profession centers not around the question of how our officers are dying but, rather more importantly, how are they suffering?

The Tactical ResilienceTM & Ethical Policing Seminar is a three-day training session customized to meet the needs of your agency. The course sessions will include our Building Tactical Resilience and Ethical Policing program and will cover tactics to build essential habits in the areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength and development. Tactical Resilience™ is the human quality of strength and fitness exhibited through the mind, body, brain and spirit of a police officer that allows the officer to withstand the rigors and dangers of high-stress situations. A tactically resilient officer is physically powerful, emotionally robust, mentally clear and spiritually whole. Moreover, a tactically resilient officer is capable of hearing a message of ethical responsibility; such an officer is capable of reaffirming his or her commitment to the ideals of policing with honesty, tolerance, respect, compassion and integrity. For this program we have researched successful people in like-minded and similarly stressed occupations (military, high performance athletes, etc.) and developed a framework of mental toughness techniques that lead to optimal performance, heightened operational readiness and can mitigate many of the negative psychological effects of a career in law enforcement. Additionally, ethics is much more than a set of rules and regulations, and ethics training is much more than the dry recitation of them. Ethical decision-making is a perishable skill that, like all such skills, needs always to be replenished. Good people are capable of making bad decisions for the best of reasons. This program presents the spiritual foundations of good decision-making, and gives officers the principles and instincts they need to ensure they maintain their moral clarity and ethical integrity.

In This Course Participants Will Learn:

  • 9 Critical Protective Factors
  • Emotional Combat Survival Techniques
  • How to Armor Your Self TM Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually
  • How to Armor Your Agency™ by creating health and wellness support programs
  • How to develop Your Own Emotional Combat Survival Techniques
  • How to build a strong organizational culture of wellness with True Blue Valor TM
  • How to build mental toughness
  • How to maintain operational readiness
  • That ethical decision-making is a perishable skill
  • That ethical decision-making skills always need to to be nurtured and replenished
  • That good people are capable of making bad decisions for the best of reasons
  • How to supporting our officers and their families
  • That ethical decision-making is applied spirituality
  • About the spiritual foundations of good decision-making
  • 7 Core Concepts for Stress Reduction
  • Comprehensive Survival Skills to Save Your Life and Your Health

Course Presenters:
John Marx, CPP - Executive Director, Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI)
Eric Potterat, Ph.D., Former Force Psychologist for the U.S. Navy SEALs
Cary A. Friedman, Law Enforcement Chaplain and Trainer

John Marx, CPP is the Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Editor and founder of CopsAlive.com and the author of the book Armor Your Self TM: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement. He has created our primary training programs: Armor Your Self TM, Armor Your Agency TM, and True Blue ValorTM. John worked in law enforcement for twenty-three years for both a sheriff's office and a municipal police department. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective and served as a hostage negotiator for nineteen of those years.. Also during his career he was the administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance Initiative through the police department's community policing project.

Eric Potterat, Ph.D. is Human Performance Psychologist, an Associate Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and recently retired as an active duty Commander in the U.S. Navy who for over 10 years was the lead Force Psychologist for the U.S. Navy SEALs. As their Head Psychologist, he provided, supervised and managed the assessment and selection programs, mental training, mental toughness and performance psychology training, clinical care, operational readiness/ resilience training and neurocognitive evaluation programs for all the active duty personnel across the NSW Force world-wide. In addition, he is an Associate Member of OPTIBRAIN, the Center for Optimization of Brain Resources to Improve Performance. OPTIBRAIN is a joint consortium (UCSD and NHRC) focusing on researching the brain systems, neural mechanisms and cognitive processes that characterize optimal performance in extreme environments. He is considered one of the leading experts in individual and organizational resilience and performance enhancement in high-risk operational occupations.

Chaplain Cary A. Friedman is an Associate Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and 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. In 18 lighthearted chapters, he uses Batman’s example to illustrate profound truths such as How to Triumph over Adversity, the Value of Inspiring Others, and A Better Definition of Victory. Focusing on relationships with self, others and the community, the book illustrates how to live a better life, something trauma sufferers want and need. He has spoken at the FBI Academy, the FBI Training Network, International Conference of Police Chaplains, TX Department of Public Safety, and CT Department of Public Safety, and has appeared on The History Channel.

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