Sgt. Charlie Wakamatsu

Founder, N.O.V.A. Principles
Pilot of the N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter

Sgt. Charlie Wakamatsu, Founder of N.O.V.A. Principles, started his law enforcement career in 1984, with the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii.  In Hawaii, he was a patrol officer in the downtown Waikiki area, as well as in the Intelligence and Enforcement Unit investigating organized crime.  In 1988, he moved to Orem, Utah, to work for the Orem Police Department.  In Orem, Sgt. Wakamatsu has been assigned to patrol, the gang task force, and the Community Education Unit teaching citizens about safety, drugs, gangs, bullying, and media awareness.  Sgt. Wakamatsu was crossed trained as a fire fighter, and is an Arrest Control Tactics Instructor.  In 2003, Sgt. Wakamatsu was assigned by the Police Chief to create a new drug awareness program.  With the help of Dr. Paul Jenkins, a child and family Psychologist, and several officers, the “N.O.V.A. Principles” program was created.  N.O.V.A. Principles invites your Agency to take a look at this powerful program and see what it has to offer your community.

N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter  –  In 2012, Sgt. Wakamatsu began a hobby of flying remote controlled helicopters.  The following year, he came across a Gyroplane video on YouTube.  Gyroplanes fascinated him so much that he learned everything could about them and decided that this would be his new hobby.  He joined Utah’s Chapter 2, a Gyroplane club, and has had the adventure of a lifetime flying Gyroplanes! In 2014, Sgt. Wakamatsu bought a used Gyroplane.  He took it completely apart and rebuilt it with many, many upgrades.  He named his Gyroplane the “N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter“, because his business is N.O.V.A., and he is a Cop. Take a “Virtual” ride with Sgt. Wakamatsu in the N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter by watching the YouTube video on the left.  Then, to read about how the N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter was built, visit the “N.O.V.A. Cop-Ter Web Site” by clicking the button below.  Enjoy!