John Marx, CPP, Executive Director
John Marx is a former police officer, author, speaker and trainer. 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. John also served as administrator of his city’s Community Oriented Governance Initiative through the police department’s community policing project.
John has a passion to give back to the law enforcement community in the form of providing information, education and training to law enforcement professionals about how to survive the rigors of a career in law enforcement. In 2008 he founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of both LESI and CopsAlive.com is to save the lives of the people who save lives! 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 its training programs and www.CopsAlive.com.
John is the Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI), has created LESI’s primary training programs: Armor Your Self™, Armor Your Agency™ and True Blue Valor™ and is co-creator of LESI’s newest program Tactical Resilience™ and Ethical Policing. John has authored the book Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement.
John helps law enforcement officers and their families by volunteering his time to local, national and international efforts including: the RPOC (Retired Police Officers of Colorado), CLEM (the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial committee), Colorado C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), ILEETA (the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association) and IACP (the International Association of Chiefs of Police). He currently lives in Littleton, Colorado and enjoys hiking, cycling and scuba diving.