Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Ryan Steele hopped on a skateboard at Pitt Meadow's Harris Road Park on Saturday after being challenged by a young boy. His photograph went viral on social media after it was tweeted by RCMP.

Photo of skateboarding Ridge Mountie goes viral

Const. Ryan Steele hopped on a skateboard after marching in the parade at Pitt Meadows Day

Dressed in red serge and donning a stetson, Const. Ryan Steele had no trouble carving the bowl at Harris Road Park on Saturday.

The Ridge Meadows RCMP officer stopped to chat with a group of kids after marching with a troop of Mounties on Pitt Meadows Day.

When one of the boys slid his skateboard over and challenged Steele to ride, he graciously accepted.

“From what I’ve heard, he’s is a pretty good skateboarder,” said Insp. Dave Fleugel, the acting officer in charge of Ridge Meadows RCMP.

“He didn’t even scuff his boots.”

Const. Steele’s feat was captured on camera by the husband of another Ridge Meadows RCMP officer.

“He didn’t even know he was being photographed,” said Fleugel.

The photo was tweeted by E-Division’s media team and soon went viral online.

Fleugel said it’s the first time the twitter handle @bcRCMP has trended in Canada.

If you want to see a Mountie decked out in red serge this summer, visit Pitt Meadows or Maple Ridge.

The detachment will have officers dressed in the iconic Canadian uniform on patrol every weekend.

“The red serge is the perfect ice-breaker for people,” says Fleugel.

“They feel really comfortable coming up to an officer in red serge. We take hundreds of pictures with tourists throughout the summer. So much of a police officer’s life is catching the bad guy and dealing with people in crisis, so when you see people who are waving at you and want to take your picture, it’s a feel-good thing for the police too.”

The Ridge Meadows detachment has no plans to start a skateboard patrol in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows but is contemplating putting its officers on two-wheel electric Segways.

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