"Skateboard Cop" on a mission in Green Bay

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 06/20 2014 03:42PM

Updated 06/20 2014 07:51PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The Green Bay Police Department has a brand new patrol division.

For now, there is just one member but he is making a big impact.                                

"I think I am the only one in the world who actually patrols with a skateboard" explains Green Bay Police Officer Joel Zwicky.

Known as "Skateboard Cop", he is earning superhero status in the community.

"When I am out on the trails patrolling people, I get a lot of selfies with people and things like that" he says with a laugh.

While he does not sport tights or a cape, he does have the latest gadgets.

The specially designed board has wider trucks, bigger wheels, and red and blue LED lights.

A ten year veteran of the force, Skateboard Cop is happy to be out of the patrol car.

"It gets us more exercise, and it also helps us talk to people because the squad is kind of a barrier for us" Officer Zwicky explains.

He is also trying to change stereotypes about the sport.

"I wanted to break that down and show people that skateboarders are not just punk kids causing trouble, they are all kinds of people in the community, and they are even your police force". he says. 

His passion is even earning respect from the hard to please teen crowd.  

"It could help the littler kids be encouraged and whatnot. Oh look there is a cop skateboarding and they could go up and ask him about it" says fellow skater, Chris Endlich.

The board does serve an official purpose. Officer Zwicky has used it to make a traffic stop.

"I only tried it once on a trail when I caught a motorcycle there where he was not allowed. That was a jaw dropping experience for both of us" he says.

While his red and blue lights grab attention skateboard cop has no plans for a siren, at least for now.

Officer Zwicky is also on a mission to get skateboarders and longboarders equal rights to bicyclists on Wisconsin roadways.

Earlier this year he succeeded in lifting the ban on the fox river trail. 

You can check out his website here.


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