Cops on Top is planning its fifth consecutive year in which it will try to have climbers visit state summits. This year the event takes place on June 26, 2010.
The organization is not formally associated with the Highpointers Club.
According to its website:
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.