John Marx, CPP

John Marx is the Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute and founder of He is the author of the book Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement and has created our primary training programs: Building Tactical Resilience™, Armor Your Self™, Armor Your Agency™, and True Blue Valor™.

John 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. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was overcome with sadness 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 the people who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives. Today, John combines his skills to assist law enforcement professionals and their agencies how to foster wellness and build Tactical Resilience™. He also consults with businesses about improving their communications, security and customer service programs.