About TopCops Driving School
TopCops instructors hail from many different Law Enforcement agencies in the Denver metro area. It is the diversity of backgrounds in these instructors that makes young drivers from all walks of life comfortable behind the wheel with us. We prepare students at a cognitive and emotional level to accept and understand the responsibility associated with driving by developing their SIPDE (Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute) skill set. This exceptional training can only be offered exclusively by trained and decorated police officers which can only be found on our staff at TopCops!
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Meet the TopCops Officers:
Instructor / Staff Trainer : Sergeant Matt Cabot
One of the first faces that you will see with TopCops when your young driver starts their four-day class is Sergeant Cabot. One of the original TopCops beginning in 2012, Sgt. Cabot began to volunteer his time with a trusted group of his traffic officers who gave up their days off to teach teens to drive safely by using their experience on the street to give teens an advantage behind the wheel. His commitment to the safety of young drivers cannot be matched. With 23 years of police experience, Sgt. Cabot has served as a SWAT Officer, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, School Resource Officer and most importantly a Traffic Unit Sergeant who has investigated thousands of accidents throughout his career. Sgt. Cabot is certified through the Colorado State Patrol to train new police officers how to drive their police vehicles with lights and sirens and he uses his certification as a POST Academy Instructor in the curriculum for our TopCops students. Sgt. Cabot's extensive experience working with teens, coupled with his tenure as a Traffic Sergeant is the pillar of what makes the TopCops learning experience so much more comprehensive than any other driving school in the state. Since 2012, TopCops has taught more than 8,000 teens in the Boulder and surrounding cities to drive with amazing results!
Sergeant Cabot hand picks and trains our staff. All of our officers are background checked by the State of Colorado to obtain their instructor certification. As you can see below, Sergeant Cabot picks only the best of the best to join our team here at TopCops. This is what makes parents come back to us for each one of their kids as they near the age of 15... our partnership with the Boulder Valley School District and our reputation in the "Mom" network in Boulder and surrounding cities puts us at the top of the list of where to send your teen to learn to drive.
So come join us... and let our team teach your kid to drive, like a TopCop!
Instructor: Trooper John Owens
Trooper Owens has been with the Colorado State Patrol for 15 years. His primary duties include traffic enforcement an accident investigation in Boulder County where many of our students reside and drive on a daily basis! John has had 15 years /500,000 miles without an accident as well as being a Field Training Officer. It is this type of exceptional training given to State Troopers that make them such incredible instructors and make us here at TopCops so lucky and proud to have him.
John spent three years in the motorcycle unit while he traveled the state working special events and conducting motorcycle safety fairs. John has worked in all the metro counties and is currently stationed in Boulder County. Prior to working at the patrol, he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It is his service to our contry and his commitment to traffic safety in Boulder County with Colorado's finest that make John one of our TOPCOPS!
Instructor: Officer Monica Hafner
Officer Hafner brings a wealth of experience from WPD to both the classroom and the street for TopCops. Monica is an amazing instructor in the classroom where she talks about her real life experiences as a cop with texting and driving on streets. Monica is a no-nonsense patrol officer who responds to 911 calls, arrests drunk drivers and works enforcing the traffic laws. Monica is a great female role model who talks about real life decisions and how they affect many people's lives. We are so lucky to have Monica as a resource to TopCops because of her effect on young people. Monica is committed to the safety of your young driver both in the classroom and on the streets. Monica has such a great rapport with kids and one of those reasons is because she is not just a cop, she is a mom too. Monica's commitment to the lives of young people and her ability to affect young lives is what makes her a TopCop!
Instructor: Robert Stoner
Robert Stoner has spent the last 22 years in Adams 12 five star schools and Boulder Valley Schools working and coaching teen athletes. Athletics and coaching have been a part of his life from the time he was 5 years old, Robert played soccer, wrestled and track and field from youth associations thru middle school, High School Soccer, wrestling, and football. In college, Robert wrestled at Western state college, Colorado. Roberts says that coaching teens are one of the most rewarding things that he has ever done. Robert feels that it is a great honor and responsibility to teach new drivers the rules of the road that should never be taken for granted. Robert's coaching style focuses on the basic fundamentals of driving which is similar to coaching any sport because that is the basis for developing a successful driver or player. Robert truly believes that the lessons taught in athletics for have helped him to succeed in other areas of his life and he is excited to help new drivers learn the fundamentals so that they can become safe drivers. Robert's life experience in coaching is what makes such an amazing driving instructor at TopCops!
Instructor: Captain Stephen Bellinger
Captain Stephen Bellinger comes to us from the Colorado State Patrol. He retired from CSP after 29 years of dedicated service. He is passionate about traffic safety and he has spent his professional career committed to keeping our highways safe. During his tenure with CSP Capt. Bellinger investigated thousands of motor vehicle crashes and was assigned to several duty stations throughout Colorado including: Vail, Aurora, Castle Rock, Adams County, CSP Academy-Golden, CSP HQ-Lakewood, and Boulder County.
During his career with CSP, Capt. Bellinger's accomplishments include: Field Training Officer, Motor Officer, supervisor for the CSP Selection Team responsible for the recruitment and background investigations of Trooper applicants, recipient of the Colonel's Award for Excellence, graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, past president of the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Association, former chairman of the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority, CSP's representative for the Rocky Mountain Highway Patrol Network, Commander of Special Operations Response Team, Commander of Investigative Services Section, and Boulder County Troop Commander. After retiring from the Colorado State Patrol Capt. Bellinger worked as a driving instructor for the Center for Transportation Safety and Driving Dynamics. He provided both classroom and behind the wheel advanced defensive driving instruction for clients throughout the United States.
This impressive list of accomplishments and experience is what holds Captain Bellinger head and shoulders above so many other driving insructors in the State of Colorado... and more importantly, its was makes him a TOPCOP!
Instructor: Deputy Doyle Jones
Doyle Jones has been in law enforcement for over 30 years. He began his career in Larimer County Sheriff's Office as a patrol officer in 1980. In 1986, Doyle went to Idaho Springs PD. He became S.W.A.T officer in Idaho Springs. Doyle came back to Larimer County as a reserve Sergeant. Weld County and Larimer County had a joint police academy where he did most of the training for new law enforcement officers. Doyle became the Director of the Law Enforcement Academy for Weld County full time until 2017. Doyle has become a master police driving instructor, teaching instructors for police and sheriff agencies throughout Colorado. Doyle has been a driving instructor for law enforcement since 1985. He is recognized as a Master Driving instructor with the State of Colorado and now passes the skills and abilities that he teaches to police across Colorado to your young driver. Doyle's commitment to safe driving and his willingness to share what he knows with our young drivers in Boulder are what make Doyle a TOPCOP!
Instructor: Officer Tom Kirksey
Officer Kirksey has served more than 15 years in law enforcement with Baltimore City Police, Breckenridge and Wheat Ridge. Over his career, Officer Kirksey has served with SWAT, assigned as a Field Training Officer, narcotics Detective, and an Academy Instructor specializing in training young police officers with emergency vehicle operations. His service has earned him a bronze star for valor, two distinguished service awards, crime reduction award, several unit citations, individual citations, a medal of commendation and a courage award. Officer Kirksey is also a CIT Officer, focusing on the concerns of those with mental and behavioral health needs in the community. Through his CIT experiences he and his family have fostered high-risk youth; assisting them in transitioning back into the community and with their families. In the community, Officer Kirksey coaches basketball and football as well as serving as a member with community groups. Officer Kirksey truly enjoys working with youth and believes the positive influence from our community leaders as well as education will help secure their future as well as the future of our country. His commitment to mentoring the youth in our community is what makes him a TOPCOP!
Instructor: Deputy Marci Jones
Marci Jones began her career with the Adams County Sheriff's Office in 1994. She just recently retired after 23 years of service as a Senior Deputy. Marci has worked in all areas of the Jail, Courts and Transporting prisoners across the state of Colorado. Marci has worked with and instructed at the Weld County Law Enforcement Academy with her husband Doyle. Marci is a CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) coach. She has trained many officers and deputies in how to handle special needs and crisis situations. Marci has a great demeanor and uses her outstanding communication skills to coach teens while they are learning to drive. Her 23 years of experience behind the wheel and her outstanding ability to deliver quality instruction are what make Marci a TOPCOP!
Instructor: Glenn Davis
TopCops is so lucky to add to the long list of amazing professional instructors that work for the company with the addition of Glenn Davis who is the Highway Safety Manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Glenn's responsibilities include coordination of the Impaired Driving, Speed Enforcement, and Motorcycle Safety Program. Glenn retired from the Littleton Police Department (LPD) after 25 years in law enforcement. At LPD, Glenn served in the patrol division, detectives and community service divisions. Glenn's last assignment at LPD was a school resource officer at Littleton High School. Glenn still has a law enforcement role as a sergeant in the reserves of a police department in north-east Colorado. Glenn has held instructor qualifications in motorcycle basic operator, standard field sobriety testing, intoxilyzer and drug recognition expert training. Glenn has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Education from Colorado State University. Glenn has an extensive educational background that he is excited to pass along to young drivers, and he is committed to preparing young people how to drive safely and enjoy their driver training experience.
Instructor: Officer Suzanne Barber
Suzanne comes to us from the Commerce City Police department where she spent many years patrolling the streets keeping people safe in North Denver. Suzanne responded to 911 calls and many accidents during her police career where she dealt with teens and adults of all ages who had been in a crash. Officer Barber served as an officer for 15 years before having to take a medical retirement from the Commerce City Police Department. During her years of service she was a member of Commerce City's Special Service Unit and to date is the only female to be recognized for completing 100 missions. Suzanne was a trained Hostage negotiator, a member of the Crisis Intervention Team and a Field Training Officer. Suzanne really enjoys training and was a part of a team who rewrote the procedures for the Commerce City training unit. During her 15 years Suzanne received many commendations, including the Medal of Distinction, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Valor. Suzanne is a well-respected instructor with TopCops and is such a great female role model for our younger female drivers who are just getting behind the wheel. Suzanne provides a positive learning environment while at the same time using all of the street-wise techniques she learned as a cop. It is her ability to apply these skills with your young driver every day that makes her a TopCop!
Instructor: Officer Mike Lord
Officer Lord Comes to us from Lyons Police Dept. where as a rookie officer he graduated third in this class. Mike has a lot of experience working with young people as he is a father of 5 and a grandfather of 6! Mike has a special place in his heart for BVSD schools because his own kids have made their way through Monarch High School. Mike holds a class B Commercial Drivers License and has taught all 5 of his kids to drive! Mike is committed to traffic safety and because of his experience teaching his own kids to drive and he is excited to pass on a lot of that knowledge to other new drivers. It is Mike's commitment to family and his experience with young drivers that makes him one of our TopCops!
Instructor: Officer Brandon Murray
Officer Murray retired after 10 years of Law Enforcement experience with Boulder PD, but then re-joined the law enforcement team as a code enforcement officer in Commerce City. He has a wealth of experience driving in and around the Boulder County area. Working as a street cop in Boulder, Officer Murray gained a great deal of knowledge in traffic law and has a high level of professionalism and dedication to keeping young drivers safe. Brandon worked in Hawaii for three years and was a DUI Enforcement instructor also. Officer Murray works well with new drivers and he has a great deal of patience in making sure that new drivers learn the right way. It is the diversity of his skills that sets him apart from other officers… and that is what makes Officer Murray a TopCop!
Instructor: Officer Fred Fawcett
Officer Fawcett worked with the Westminster Police Department for many years before retiring. Officer Fawcett works hard with parents and young drivers to make sure kids are safe and successful on the road. Instruction comes naturally to Officer Fawcett, as he has spent many years as a police field training officer, a defensive tactics instructor. Officer Fawcett has a tireless commitment to professionalism and excellence which is why he was chosen for the TopCops staff.
Instructor: Captain Bruce Sheetz
Captain Bruce Sheetz comes to us from the Colorado State Patrol where he spent his career keeping the highways safe in Boulder County and many other areas around the state of Colorado. Captain Sheetz retired from the Colorado State Patrol after 30 years of service. His various duty assignments afforded him the opportunity to work in numerous areas of the state, including 4 years in Boulder County as a Trooper. During his career, he was awarded the Medal of Valor, the Colonel's Award for Excellence, and MADD's Colonel Mark V. Trostel Law Enforcement Office of the Year Award. He continues to work in traffic safety as a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and Quality Assurance Specialist, a Regional Law Enforcement Liaison with CDOT's Office of Transportation Safety, and an Alive At 25 Instructor entering his 13th year. It is this level of experience and commitment to the safety of teen drivers that makes Bruce one of our TOPCOPS!
Instructor: Officer Rob Wood
In 1988 Rob was hired as a police officer for the city of Westminster. During the past 29 years Rob has to worked in almost every division within the police department . Rob has spent numerous years of his career working in the schools as a DARE Officer, middle school SRO, and also an SRO at Standley Lake High School. Rob was also actively involved with coaching football at the high school where he spent 10 years as the head freshman football coach, coaching hundreds of students throughout the years. During Rob's tenure at the Westminster Police Department he has received numerous awards and he also has received two meritorious service medals for saving the lives of two individuals. Rob joined top cops three years ago and is now primarily teaching in the classroom. We are so lucky to have an instructor with the years of setting a positive example for young people...and thats what makes Rob a TopCop!!
Instructor: Detective Thomas Wamsley
Tom Wamsley is a former San Francisco Police officer and a Santa Cruz County sheriff's detective. In San Francisco, he worked as a patrolman in a high density and high crime rate area. He was given a specialized assignment that focused primarily on crisis intervention and domestic violence. He received numerous letters of commendation from citizens and police management. He also earned an Advanced Post (Police Officers Standards and Training) Certificate. As a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputy and field training officer (FTO), he trained 18 newly hired deputies in all aspects of law enforcement including driving skills. He was honored as the San Lorenzo Valley American Legion Post # 661 citation as Officer of the Year. He was promoted to detective and received a letter of commendation from the district attorney's office for outstanding investigative performance. He also completed a California Advanced Driver's Training Course for Peace Officers. While working full time as a law enforcement officer and raising a family, Detective Wamsley spent six years in United States Marine Corp Reserve and earned a BA degree in sociology/ criminology from San Francisco State University.
After retiring from law enforcement, Tom had a successful career in corporate sales and sales management. When his four children were growing up, he coached a state championship youth soccer team and well as youth basketball and softball teams. As a resident of Boulder County, he volunteered for five years with the Boulder County Probation Department as a member of a restorative justice panel. After retiring from business in 2015, he authored and published the award winning book, Code 33 True California Cop Stories from the 1970s. Tom and his wife also love spending as much time as they can with their fifteen nearly perfect grandchildren. Detective, family man, author and coach... now you see what make Tom one of our TOPCOPS!