Canada's first skateboarding cop hopes to inspire other police
Longueuil Const. Thierry Hinse-Fillion says combining policing, skateboarding is dream come true
A Longueuil, Que., police officer is using skateboard diplomacy to build bridges between the city's police service and local teens.
Thierry Hinse-Fillion is Canada's first skateboarding cop.
"Making a living skateboarding is a dream. So is becoming a police officer," Hinse-Fillion told CBC News.
"If this can become a trend and other departments follow, another one of my dreams would come true."
The skateboarding cop hopes by meeting kids on their own turf he'll build trust with the teenagers he encounters.
High school drop-out
Hinse-Filion can relate to teens at the skate park.
He took up skateboarding when he was young, dropping out of high school when he was 15 before eventually turning his life around.
The officer said other skateboarders often don't understand what's going on when they see him doing tricks on his skateboard.
"I do two or three tricks, and they're like, 'OK, you can skate, even though you're a cop.' And I've already made a contact just by doing that," Hinse-Fillion said.
Parents appreciate his presence at the local hangout.
"As a mother, we don't really like our kids coming in this kind of place so I think it's going to be safer," said Celyne Purcell.
with files from CBC's Simon Nakonechny