What is Cops on Top?
Cops on Top is a team of volunteers from the law enforcement and public safety community, who undertake mountain climbing expeditions to honor the memories of those heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting others.
Cops on Top was founded by Captain Keith McPheeters of the Farmington New Mexico Police Department. In 1998, Captain McPheeters was a member of that agency's Special Response Team searching for the killers of Cortez Colorado Police Officer Dale Claxton. The manhunt was the largest of its kind in American history and conducted in the remote Southwestern United States Four-Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. During those months, McPheeters reflected on of the nature of his occupation, the public's perception of a police officer's work, and the effect such a loss has on an officer's survivors. From these thoughts, the concept of Cops on Top took form.