Cops on Top

Memorial Expeditions Honoring Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
Cops on Top is a team of volunteers from the law enforcement and public service 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. We welcome you to our home.

2014 Summit for Heroes

This year, the 2014 Summit for Heroes will be held on Saturday, June 28. On that day teams from across the country will be attempting to reach their state's highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in that state. This year Cops on Top will strive to place teams on all 50 state highpoint summits all on the same day. This will take a tremendous amount of participation, support, and cooperation from Mother Nature! If you are interested in joining a state team, please click (HERE).

Horace Small

Cops on Top would like to thank Horace Small for their support during the 2013 Cops on Top Summit for Heroes memorial climb. Each state team carried a summit banner signifying Horace Small's support for the Cops on Top mission of never forgetting the life, memory and sacrifice of our nation's law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. We thank Horace Small for supporting our organization and joining our cause.


You can support Cops on Top 2014 Cho Oyu memorial expedition team on this site by making a direct SECURE donation.

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WE ARE ON FACEBOOKThe Cops on Top Facebook is up and running! Come join us (here) to keep up to date on future expeditions and events, see expedition videos, and network with other supporters, officers, and climbers.
Teams are now forming for the 2014 Summit for Heroes

2014 Cho Oyu Expedition

Cops on Top has recommitted to a Cho Oyu memorial expedition! In September 2014, Cops on Top will embark on its most adventurous and highest memorial climb to date by climbing Cho Oyu. The expedition will mark a new era for the organization as we will be exploring new heights for Cops on Top in honor of a fallen officer. Located in the Himalayan mountain range and standing at 26,846 ft (8188 m), Cho Oyu is the sixth tallest mountain in the world. This mountain is known by the Tibetans as the "Turquoise Goddess". To carry out this expedition Cops on Top will establish one of its most experienced teams ever assembled for any major Cops on Top expedition.
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Cops on Top is extremely excited to be conducting its first ever Himalayan expedition in honor of a fallen officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Please check back soon for more expedition, team and officer nomination information.  
UPDATE: Cho Oyu Team Itinerary: 
The 2014 Cho Oyu memorial expedition team members have all booked flights for the expedition and will be submitting their climbing applications to SummitClimb/SummitTrek during the week for March 17th. The expedition team will be following the established climbing itinerary set by SummitClimb/SummitTrek. Click (here) to view their climbing itinerary.


Listen to the the 2013 Cops on Top Summit for Heroes expedition team updates:

The ten most-recent updates are shown below. Click on each headline to access the audio reports.

What Cops on Top is All About

Cops on Top has a strong commitment to provide tangible aid for the grieving and healing process of those who have lost a beloved officer, to support organizations dedicated to this cause, and to project a positive image of law enforcement officers. We honor, and raise awareness, for police officers who have been killed while protecting and serving their communities.
Cops on Top plans annual climbing expeditions to the world's most respected mountains. The purpose is to bring to the public's attention the dangers, stress and life-altering effects on the average police officer. A fallen officer's memory serves as our banner and a memorial is placed on each summit attempted.
The Cops on Top team is comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Volunteers are welcome to contact Cops on Top. The fallen officers on whose behalf the climbs are undertaken are nominated by family, friends, and law enforcement organizations.
The Origin of Cops on Top
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 agencies 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.
Your Support is Appreciated
Cops on Top maintains the highest integrity with respects to all fiscal and financial matters of the team. All sponsorships, donations, receipts, and disbursements are recorded and reported. All donations under the Cops on Top name should be made directly to the organization. If you have any questions about making donations or if you question the purpose of any person who has solicited your donation and wish to confirm its validity, please contact us.
Cops on Top graciously accepts sponsorships and donations for equipment and provisions for the climbing team, as well as for the aid of officers fallen in the line of duty. If you would like to support this noble cause, contact the team directly and indicate if you wish to aid the team or the team'scause. Also, Cops on Top highly recommends supporting Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS).

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