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An Idaho police officer is getting involved in the community in an unconventional way.
An Idaho police officer is getting involved in the community in an unconventional way.

Officer Benavides talks to children at Rhodes Skate Park. | Courtesy of KBOI

BOISE (KBOI) — Boise Police Officer Benavides is no stranger to skateboarding, having started the hobby in middle school.

“I think I was about 13, 12 years old. It was a good way to get from point A to point B because I couldn’t drive,” he says. As Officer Benavides got older, he slowly drifted away from the sport before deciding to get back into it when he moved to Boise.

“I just started skating again because… the weather is so nice here,” adds Officer Benavides. “They have a really nice skate park, so you know what, I’m 30, why not do something cool again?”

He says it was easy to learn the basics again, like riding a bike, but skating with his equipment makes it more difficult. “That stuff is heavy. The vest, the gun belt. You can’t squat as low as you’d like.” He enjoys learning from other skaters at the park and helping people who are new to the sport.

Officer Benavides doesn’t always have time to stop by the park while on duty, but he keeps his skateboard in his patrol car just in case. “It only takes five to 10 minutes at most. It’s just a nice little break while you’re in uniform,” he says.

In and out of uniform, Officer Benavides is ready to protect and serve in any way he can.

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