About TopCops Driving School
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TOPCOPS takes over Boulder Valley Schools Drivers Education Program!
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 our valued volunteer, Sergeant Cabot. One of the original TopCops beginning in 2012, Sgt. Cabot insisted that he volunteer his time, along with a trusted group of fellow 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 25 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 10,000 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 local police officers 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 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: 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: Trooper Lemarcus Bullock
Lemarcus is currently employed as a State Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol. He is a continuing education instructor for the state as well as a wellness liaison. Lemarcus served in the United States Army and held the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG) where he was a Battalion Fire Support Non-Commissioned Officer (FSNCO) with a Joint Fires Observer (JFO) qualifier. Lemarcus also coordinated and de-conflicted all Close Air Support (helicopters) for the successful synergistic effects of in-direct fires. During his time in the Army, Lemarcus spent a lot of time not only perfecting his craft, but as an instructor as well teaching others the craft. After his time in the Army he worked for the Department of Homeland Security in Fugitive operations and deportations. Lemarcus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and an Associates in Business Management. Lemarcus has had the opportunity to work with many federal, state, and local governments within the operational branches as well as training services. Lemarcus says… "I am personally look forward to the challenge of bettering myself as I move forward in life every day."
Service to our country and his commitment to excellence is why we are so lucky to have Lemarcus as one of our TopCops!
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: Deputy Thomas Cave
Tom started his law enforcement career in June 1991 by joining the Navy reserve and becoming a U.S. Navy police officer. In August that same year, he became a reserve police officer for the Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office. After moving to Colorado in 1994 and continuing his career in the Navy, Tom was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal for teaching EVOC in August 2000. Tom worked for the Denver Sheriff Department from October 1994 until retirement in September 2019 with two breaks in service.
Tom became a field training officer for the Denver Sheriff Department until 2016, he then started teaching Terrorism/ Weapons of Mass Destruction on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security to recruits at the Denver Sheriff academy. During that time Tom reached Bronze instructor level 3 years in a row from 2016 through 2018. Tom has many teaching certifications and numerous awards for teaching over the years. Tom has been married 35 years and have two sons and a grandchild due in July (first one).
Tom is such an All-American instructor, he is now retired and passing his wealth of knowledge on to our young drivers at TopCops… Tom thank you for your service to our country - its what makes you one of our TopCops!
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: Trooper Sarah Hargreaves
Trooper Sarah Hargreaves began her law enforcement career after graduating college in 1997. She has worked for the FBI, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, and finally settled in at the Colorado State Patrol where she has been a Trooper for the past 15 years. During Sarah's time in law enforcement she has taken advantage of many opportunities to serve our local communities and advocate to save lives.
Sarah has a passion for traffic safety and believes that impacting our young people while they are learning to drive is one of the best ways to help them feel safe on the roadways. Sarah am excited to be involved in this influential time in the lives of teens and looks forward to making each student a better driver. Sarah's dedication to the development of our youth sets her apart from so many other police officers and that is why we are proud to have her as one of our TopCops!
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!!