Green Bay, WI (WFRV/CNN) – On Friday, Green Bay celebrated “Go Skateboarding Day.”
It’s the perfect holiday for a brand new division of the Green Bay Police Department.
Meet “Skateboard Cop,” Officer Joel Zwicky.
“I think I’m the only one in the world who actually patrols with a skateboard,” Officer Zwicky said.
Officer Zwicky is earning super hero status in the community.
“When I’m out on the trails patrolling people, I get a lot of selfies with people and things like that,” Officer Zwicky said.
While he doesn’t sport tights or a cape…
“This is my official uniform. I’d love it if I could have something way cooler than this, but this will have to do,” Officer Zwicky said.
He does have the latest gadgets.
“Its got wider trucks, much bigger wheels,” Officer Zwicky said.
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 said.
He’s also trying to change stereotypes about the sport.
“Wanted to break that down and show people that skateboarders aren’t just punk kids causing trouble, they are all kinds of people in the community, and they’re even your police force,” Officer Zwicky said.
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’s a cop skateboarding and they could go up and ask him about it,” skateboarder Chris Endlich said.
But the board also serves 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 wasn’t allowed. That was a jaw dropping experience for both of us,” Officer Zwicky said.
While his red and blue lights grab attention – skateboard cop has no plans for a siren – at least for now.
“Wooo wooo wooo, I can just do that, and save the money,” Officer Zwicky said.
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.