Police officers have one of the toughest jobs around, thousands of them work day in and day out with little recognition. Recently it seems like police around the United States have been getting nothing but negative responses, but one cop in Washington has been doing his best to show teens in his area that cops are a positive part of the community. Officer Craig Hanaumi, a member of the Bellevue Police Department, has been connecting with teens in the area by showing off his impressive skating abilities.
Officer Hanaumi says it all started almost six years ago when he responded to a simple trespassing call. The offenders turned out to be a group of teenagers that were skating and having fun in a parking lot. Officer Hanaumi then helped to setup a new skatepark in the area for kids that needed somewhere to hang out. After a few months of work the Bellevue skatepark became a reality.
But the real positive impact Officer Hanaumi has on the community didn’t stop there. After the skate park opened he continued to come back and see the kids and teenagers in the community. Officer Hanaumi has been a regular visitor to the park, at least one time per week for the past 5 years. The teens and kids in the community all know his name, they know he’s a valuable asset to the community and just wants to help, and most impressively he has some truly impressive skating skills. There are dozens of videos of Officer Hanaumi performing various tricks on his skateboard, and he’s often referred to as “the coolest cop ever” by the guys at the skatepark.
This is just one shining example of how police officers around the country are stepping up to become a part of their communities. Thousands of officers are participating in similar community bonding activities and that is great news for millions of people in these communities around the country. Officer Hanaumi says he has no plans to stop skating with the guys, he’s hoping to continue meeting more people as they come to the skatepark and he hopes that he’s really having a positive impact on everyone he’s met while skating.