Meet the Cool Cop Who Woos His Community With His Skateboarding Skills

This Washington State police officer is doing more for his community than just skating by.

Meet Bellevue Police Officer Craig Hanaumi, a regular in the local skateboarding community, who can often be seen practicing his moves in full uniform.

“All the people who skate there regularly know me, and they know I’m there to skate,” Hanaumi, who has been with the department for more than a decade, told “People who don’t know me, when I get there, they ask, ‘What’s the matter?’ and I say, ‘No, I’m just here to skate.'”

He explained that his reputation started nearly seven years ago, when he got a call to break up a group of skateboarders trespassing in a parking lot. When he arrived on the scene, Hanaumi took the chance to practice a couple tricks with the teenagers before escorting them out of the parking lot.


"People who don't know me, when I get there, they ask, 'What's the matter?' and I say, 'No, I'm just here to skate,'" said Officer Crag Hanaumi.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. “People who don’t know me, when I get there, they ask, ‘What’s the matter?’ and I say, ‘No, I’m just here to skate,'” said Officer Crag Hanaumi.Since then, the 41-year-old is often seen around town skateboarding, when he’s not busy practicing jujitsu or playing his trombone, in an attempt to build the relationship between his department and the community.

“I’m just getting the attention because I’m wearing the uniform,” he said. “Maybe the skateboarding is a little bit novel but the act of caring and working with the community, that’s been going on forever,” he said.

But, it’s clear Officer Hanaumi is more than his skate park skills. Last week, he made local news after chasing down a suspect at a local shopping center. The suspect was wanted for violating parole, and when Hanaumi approached him, he had fled.

The suspect was taken into custody and no one was hurt in the process.

Johanna Li


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