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MIAMI BEACH, FL (AP) -- Look out criminals, Officer Shaq is on the beat. Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal has been sworn in as a reserve police officer in a private ceremony.

 

The seven-foot-one superstar skipped the department's public event earlier in the day to avoid the media attention, opting instead for a quiet, no-frills ceremony. Department spokesman Robert Hernandez says Officer O-Neal didn't want to take away from that moment for other officers.

 

The former Laker was a reserve officer in Los Angeles before moving to South Florida. He spent the past year training for the Miami Beach police reserve officer position and can now add the one dollar a year salary to his 100 (m) million-dollar, 5-year contract with the Heat.

 

As a reserve officer, O-Neal will be able to carry a gun, wear a badge and make arrests. But with his celebrity status, it's unlikely he'll ever be able to walk the beat or go undercover. O-Neal says he's most interested in working with the special victims detective unit to help stop crimes against children.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/florida...x?storyid=48638

 

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Look out criminals, Officer Shaq is on the beat.

 

Shaquille O'Neal was sworn in as a reserve police officer Thursday, with the Miami Heat center choosing to skip a public event in favor of a quiet, no-frills ceremony.

 

"Officer O'Neal is very considerate toward the other officers, and he was afraid if he was there he would have taken away from that moment for other officers," department spokesman Robert Hernandez said. "This is a very special time for them and their families."

 

The former Laker was a reserve officer in Los Angeles before moving to South Florida. He spent the past year training as a Miami Beach police reserve officer and can now add the $1-a-year salary to his $100 million, 5-year contract with the Heat.

 

The 7-foot-1 player will be able to carry a gun, wear a badge and make arrests, but with his celebrity status he most likely will not walk a beat or go undercover. He will work as time permits in the volunteer position.

 

O'Neal has said he is most interested in working with the special victims detective unit to help stop crimes against children.

 

"He made it clear when he decided to come to Miami Beach that he didn't want to just be a poster boy for photo ops, he wanted to get down and dirty and do the job," Hernandez said. "He's here to conduct investigations and to make arrests."

 

And in September he did just that. After seeing a man throw a bottle and yell anti-gay slurs at a passer-by, O'Neal trailed the man and helped an officer arrest him as a hate-crime suspect.

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews...ia/13369259.htm

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