Coolest cop ever does his patrolling on skateboard

"Skateboarders aren't just punk kids causing trouble."


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Jun 25, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 1:58 am CDT

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.

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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.

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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)

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*First Published: Jun 25, 2014, 7:00 am CDT