Thierry Hinse-Fillion, a police officer in Longueil, near Montreal, is combining policing with his love of skateboarding to try to improve community relations

When Thierry Hinse-Fillion arrived at a skatepark on the outskirts of Montreal for his first day in his new position, he was greeted with stares. Some – taking note of his uniform and patrol car – wondered if he was there to arrest someone. Others watched as the 32-year-old police officer opened the boot of his car and pulled out a skateboard.

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