“Skateboarders aren’t just punk kids causing trouble.”

You’ve seen cops riding bikes, horses, and even Segways. We’re willing to bet, however, that you’ve never seen one doing his rounds on a tricked-out skateboard.

Officer Joel Zwicky, a 10-year veteran of the Green Bay, Wisc., police force, prefers his longboard—outfitted with wider trucks, bigger wheels, plus flashing blue and red LEDs—to the “barrier” of a squad car. This way, he says, he’s a fully integrated part of the community, and more approachable. He’s even been asked for a few selfies.

Has he ever skated down a criminal? “I only tried it once, on a trail, when I caught a [motorcyclist] where he was not allowed,” Zwicky told KMSP-TV. “That was a jaw-dropping experience for both of us.” Maybe not as cool as nailing your first 540º, but still.

Do skaters still say “radical”? Because yeah, this dude is that.

H/T KMSP-TV | Photo by Daniele Civello/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'