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 officers 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 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 our company when your young driver starts their four day class is Sergeant Cabot. One of the original TopCops, Sgt. Cabot volunteered 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 committment to the safety of young drivers cannot be matched. With 22 years of police experience, Sgt. Cabot has served as a SWAT Officer, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, Traffic & Motor Sergeant and, most importantly, a School Resource Officer at Horizon High School. Sgt. Cabot trains new police officers how to drive their police vehicles with lights and sirens and 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 5,000 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 both their home police agency, and 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: 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 effect 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 effect young lives is what makes her 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: Officer Matt Neihart
Officer Neihart has been a police officer since 2004 and started his career with the Vail Police Department. Working in a resort town, he was able to sharpen his customer service skills and he specialized in building relationships with the community. Officer Neihart spent many months driving the mountain passes in bad weather and is now a specialist in mountain driving. Officer Neihart has a Bachelor's Degree in business administration. Officer Neihart currently works at Westminster Police Department where he has held positions at Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Police Driving Instructor at WPD.
Matt has a great deal of patience with new drivers and brings a lot of what he knows as a driving instructor at the police department with him while he teaches your kid how to drive. Matt does a great job reinforcing the basics with students so that they can become safe and successful drivers on their own... Thanks Matt for being 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 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 Commerce City Police department where she spent many years patroling 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 Metal 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: 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 Joe Lamb
Officer Lamb started his police career with the Adams County Sheriff's Office in January 2014, attending the academy with Adams County at the Flatrock Regional Training Center. He received his POST certification in June 2014 and started working in the Adams County Detention Facility as a Deputy Sheriff. Joe also worked as a Patrol Deputy in 2015 for a short time and continued working in the detention facility until he obtained a position with the Louisville Police Department. Joe has excelled in skills training including driving, arrest control and especially marksmanship. Joe have competes in several firearms competitions including the National Police Shooting Championships where he placed highly while on the Adams County shooting team. Joe says...."I am excited to start as an instructor, especially in the community I protect and serve as a police officer. "
Instructor: Officer Dale Crump
Officer Crump has been in Law Enforcement for the past 19 years and has been working for the Aurora Police Department for the past 16 years. Officer Crump has held several assignments that include the following:
Working as a Patrol Officer responding to all 911 calls for service and conducting and completing all types of investigations.Traffic Unit for 6 years which included technical accident reconstruction training for serious accidents and DUI training. He has worked several DUI shifts and checkpoints during his time in the Traffic Unit and has made several DUI arrests. Motorcycle Unit for 2 years where he was involved in several Motorcades involving dignitaries including the President of the United States. Field Training Officer/Patrol for the past 9 years, he has had the honor of training new recruits once they graduate from the basic academy and afterword teaches them how to become a safe Patrol Officer. Officer Crump has been teaching DARE (drug abuse resistance education) to 5th graders in the Aurora Public and Cherry Creek schools throughout the City of Aurora for the past nine years. He was recently certified to teach 4th graders and 6th and 7th graders the GREAT (Gang resistance education and training) program. Officer Crump looks forward to assisting your teenage driver in becoming a safer and more proficient driver, and this is what makes him one of our TopCops!
Instructor: Sergeant Mike Cummings
Sergeant Mike Cummings brings 22 years of law enforcement expereince to TopCops with 5 years as a police sergeant. He has held positions in detentions, patrol and was a member of many specialized units. During his career, Mike earned three letters of commendation and Mike is a "Subject Matter Expert" and sits on the expert commitee for Law Enforcement Driving. Mike is a POST certified instructor in both Colorado and California. Mike is the chairman and primary instructor for the Colorado Law Enforcement Driving Skills Instructor Association. Mike has committed his career to keeping police officers safe behind the wheel and we are so lucky to have him pass that skill set down to your young driver here at TopCops!
Instructor: Officer John Martinez
Officer Martinez is a five year veteran at TPD with his main focus on training new officers. John is on the defensive tactics team where he teaches new police recruits how to handuff and use their tools to keep themselves safe. John uses many of these kinetic or "muscle memory" tactics during his instruction to make the driving task second nature to a young driver. John emphasizes "Scanning" and keeping eyes up so that young drivers can spot hazards and trouble spots prior to arriving at them. Like a sports coach, John uses positive reinforcement to create a positive driving experience, but he also idenitifies weaknesses with young drivers so that they can work on those things to get better. It is his exceptional skills as an instructor in so many facets that makes Officer Martinez one of our TopCops!
Instructor: Motor Officer Colby Dillon
Officer Colby Dillon attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He graduated from UNC in 2010 and began his police career working for the NPD in January of 2011. While attending the police academy Colby won the "Top Driver" award out of 25 cadets. Colby has been in the traffic unit since April of 2013 and Colby tells us "I see a lot of cars, a lot of roads, and a lot of good and bad drivers".
Colby's favorite part about being an officer is getting to meet so many people and briefly get to know them. Colby says…"I enjoy working with the kids at Top Cops for the same reason: every teen has a different set of strengths and weaknesses, and I like to increase on the strengths, but also work on the weaknesses." Colby also says…" My least favorite part of being a police officer was getting tazed and pepper sprayed twice during the police academy."
Colby is just an all-american guy and is such a hard worker. It is his commitment to improving and genuine love of the job that makes him a "TopCop".
Instructor: Officer Brandon Murray
Officer Murray retired after 10 years of Law Enforcement experience with Boulder PD, but then re-joined the law enforcment 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 Jeff Stanelle
Jeff is an outstanding instructor with TopCops and he brings close to twenty years of law enforcement experience prior to retiring with TPD to our TopCops staff. Jeff has some practical experience with TopCops, because prior to him joining our staff one of his kids completed our program and got his license! Jeff really knows the anxiety parents can develop with a new driver with the tests and drive logs and all that paperwork... and he is committed to training your young driver to be just as successful as his. We here at TopCops are committed to making your experience with us as smooth as possible, and we accomplish that by using experienced cops who really know what the process is about, like Jeff Stanelle!
Instructor: Commander Chris Laws
Commander Chris Laws retired from the Adams County Sheriff's Department after 24 years of service in every division of the sheriff's office during his career. He served as a detective, Patrol sergeant and Administrative Commander over the course of his career. Chris also held a position as an emergency vehicle operations instructor, teaching his fellow officers how to drive police cars in a safe and prudent manner. Chris is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his students helping them become better drivers and understand the responsibility involved with their actions every time they get behind the wheel. Chris worked in many aspects of law enforcement and his experience and wealth of knowledge are what make him qualified to teach your young person how to be a safe driver. His distinguished career is one of the many reasons why we chose him as an elite instructor for TopCops!
Instructor: Officer Gabe Romano
Officer Romano joins our team and is currently working as a patrol officer for the Louisville Police Department. Officer Romano is just beginning his career as a driving instructor and brings with him a level of excitment that we appreciate here at TopCops. Officer Romano is excited to work with mnay of the kids in the Boulder area that he might see during his duties as a police officer, and he actually has some significant expereince working with teens as he spent some time as the interim school resource officer at Louisville Middle School and Coal Creek Elementary. We are very please to have hm join our team with his background in working with young people. This is what makes him stand out as a police officer and makes us proud to have him on the staff as a TopCop!
Instructor: Officer Joe Hastings
Officer Hastings brings over thirty years of law enforcement experience to the TopCops team! Joe began his career as an MP in the United States Army and moved on to the Peoria Illinois and Westminster Co. Police Departments. Joe has served as a patrolman, field training instructor, range officer and detective. Joe has spent many years on the Adams County Critical Incident Team and is a member of the Colorado Homicide Inverstigators Association.
Joe has a B.S. from Eastern Illionois Universtity and a Masters degree from CU Denver. Joe is also the recipient of the Micheal Powell Investigator of the Year award given from the Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators.
Its pretty clear that Joe has an extensive training background, and has a great deal of life experience to go along with all of those degrees and awards. He does a great job of sharing those life experiences with your student driver so that they can not only keep themselves "steet safe" but also keep themselves safe behind the wheel. This is what makes Officer Hastings 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!!