In Valor There is Hope

What is one of the most common dangers of policing an officer will ever face?

Answer: Having to confront a peer who is slipping professionally or personally and who might be endangering themselves or others. 

What takes more courage to confront than any other single thing in law enforcement?

Answer: Having to acknowledge that you are having problems dealing with stress and that you might need some help. 

What is the one thing that we have pledged above all to our brothers and sisters in law enforcement?

Answer: We have pledged that we are ALL one big family and that “No one gets left behind.” 

The answer to all three of these questions is the same:

“Taking Care of Our Own” 


1) Confronting a peer who is losing control of their life or their career and working to get them some help;

2) Having the strength to cross the “Thin Blue Line” and rescue a co-worker who is battling alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, or suicidal thoughts; and finally

3) “Never Leaving Anyone Behind” because if we don’t take care of our own, who will? 

Unfortunately many times the pledge to “Take Care of Our Own” is a hollow one if we don’t have the courage to confront the people we should care about, before things get way out of control.



 At the
Law Enforcement Survival Institute
we have coined the term
“True Blue Valor™”




The concept of True Blue Valor™ is where one law enforcement officer has to muster the courage to confront a peer who is slipping both professionally and personally and endangering themselves, their peers and the public.  As part of our Law Enforcement Survival Institute training, we recommend that you consider the concept of True Blue Valor™.  Most importantly, when you are talking about the team concept in law enforcement and planning for whose responsibility it is to help a brother or sister officer in need, your discussion should include this concept.  It takes a system of organizational support and professional leadership to establish and foster the concept of True Blue Valor™.

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The True Blue Valor™ Course is designed to create a positive law enforcement agency culture that actually walks its talk and takes care of its people so that truly “No one is left behind.”

The True Blue Valor™ Course suggests that all law enforcement professionals should have the courage to confront a peer who is slipping professionally and personally and endangering themselves, their peers and the public.  To do this it takes a system of organizational support and professional leadership to build a culture of True Blue Valor™.  This course teaches your agency how to build a system to unify the agency’s peer, family, EAP, psychological services and chaplain support programs and provides the materials needed to implement this system.

With This Course You Will Be Able To Teach About:

• The Hidden Dangers of Law Enforcement
• Conducting a Quick Organizational Risk Assessment With Our Survey
• Implementing a Program of Organizational Resiliency
• The Concept of “Our Blue Shame” and How We Don’t Really “Walk Our Talk”
• The Need to Create a Culture of Really “Taking Care of Our Own”
• The Importance of Building a Comprehensive System for True Blue Valor™
• Peer and Family Support Networks as Well as Mentoring and Chaplaincy Programs
• Crisis Intervention, Treatment and Training Resources
• How to Implement a Twelve-Part Roll Call Training Program About True Blue Valor™

The True Blue Valor™ Course
 is intended to facilitate a discussion within an organization and between its members about the importance of taking care of our own.  This course will offer activities and instruction to begin building a system for support and care of the members of a law enforcement organization.  This course is not intended to supplant a more comprehensive mental and emotional wellness program, but rather augment it with additional tools, ideas and mechanisms.

The True Blue Valor™ Course includes a twelve part, facilitated roll call training program with each session building upon the last one.  The program can be taught in 12 days or 12 weeks or 12 months based upon the instructors’ objectives.

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About the Course Designer: John Marx, CPP, CHM 

John Marx holds certifications in both service and security management.  He was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years.  He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective.  In 2008 he founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and started a project that has evolved into  Put simply, the mission of both LESI and CopsAlive is to save the lives of those 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 its website at

You can buy a License to teach this program
based upon the size of your agency.

This program is licensed with a Law Enforcement Agency Unlimited License.  The license is based upon the number of sworn officers within the agency and allows for an unlimited number of agency instructors to teach The True Blue Valor™ Course within that agency indefinitely.  This self-contained training course is designed for an agency to build and create a positive law enforcement agency culture that actually “Walks Its Talk” and takes care of its people.  The course contains a downloadable and reproducible training manual along with a PowerPoint slide presentation and printable handouts that your trainers or supervisors can use to create a culture that “Takes Care of Its Own” so that truly “No One is Left Behind.”

The License Fee is Broken Down by Number of Sworn Officers

Agency License for 0-49 Sworn Officers 
Agency License for 50-99 Sworn Officers 
Agency License for 100-999 Sworn Officers 
Agency License for 1000-2499 Sworn Officers 
Agency License for 2500-4999 Sworn Officers 
Agency License for Greater Than 5000 Sworn Officers


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If you are facing an intervention with a fellow officer, here are some resources that can help you:

Hotlines for Help:

Safe Call Now (206) 459-3020 or

To Learn More about Safe Call Now: Read our article and listen to our interview with Executive Director Sean Riley by CLICKING HERE

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

CLICK HERE to visit their website.

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