Shaq: from basketball to law enforcement

haquille O’Neal is now the man with the badge in Doral. On Tuesday, the former Miami Heat star was sworn in as a reserve police officer at the Doral police department. O’Neal — known globally as Shaq — had applied in September. He went through the application process as well as a background check before his acceptance. He will be getting paid $0, according to police Chief Donald De Lucca, and will be covering his own insurance costs. The hushed ceremony was held privately at the police station. The mayor, city attorney, city manager and City Council attended. O’Neal is not new to yellow crime scene tapes. Before Doral, O’Neal served as a reserve cop at Port of Los Angeles police department; the Miami Beach Police Department, Tempe Police Department in Arizona, and the Golden Beach police department. During his time in Miami, he also traveled back and forth to Virginia, where he worked on the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program. O’Neal, 43, considers policing a calling. Two of his uncles were police officers. He was also raised by his stepfather, who was an Army sergeant. Since he was a teen, he’s been interested in law enforcement. In Doral, O’Neal will mostly be doing community work in which he will serve as a role model for kids, De Lucca said. He will be commuting from his homes in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. “I want them to be be able to say: ‘If Mr. O’Neal can do it, I can do it,’” he said.

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