Meet Green Bay's Skateboarding Cop - WBAY

Meet Green Bay's Skateboarding Cop

Updated: Jun 26, 2014 04:25 PM
This spring the Green Bay Police Department was hoping to try something new to connect with the community.

"I told the chief, you know I've kind of had this on the back burner for sometime. How would you feel about me bringing my long board from home and taking it on patrol with me?" Police Officer Joel Zwicky said.

And in March, Green Bay's skateboarding cop took to the streets.

"Something about being on a skateboard -- either it is going to spark some conversation because it's just so bizarre, or people think it's pretty cool," said Officer Zwicky.

Even three months later, kids who meet Officer Zwicky for the first time can't believe their eyes.

"It's just really interesting. This is like the first time in my life I've seen one of those," said Kevin Rafferty who met the skateboarding police in Green Bay Thursday afternoon.

Taking his skateboard with him on patrols, Officer Zwicky says he can now park his squad car and skate into areas he would normally struggle to patrol, but his most important goal is to improve the relationship between skaters and law enforcement.

"If you were to Google 'skateboard cop,' you probably won't find my site. You'll find sites and videos where there is bad interaction between police and skateboarders, creating this animosity and things, and I realized we need a new narrative in that whole area," Officer Zwicky said. (You'll find his web site at http://www.skateboardcop.com/).

His skateboard with red and blue lights captivates kids and media members from across the country. Officer Zwicky says the kids passionate about skateboarding, inspire him.

"I'm just honored because these kids at the skatepark, the things that they do, their fearlessness, their courage, the fact that day in and day out they practice for hours on end with no coach. They hurt themselves, they get back up, they fall down. There is just no quit in these kids," said Officer Zwicky.

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