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Shaquille O'Neal becomes reserve police officer in Florida

LAW AND ORDER: Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has become a reserve police officer in Florida

RETIRED BASKETBALL player Shaquille O'Neal is living out his childhood dream of becoming a police officer.

The NBA legend Shaquille has officially become a reserve police officer for the Doral Police Department in South Florida.

The former Miami Heat player was sworn in at a special ceremony yesterday (Jan 20) by Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca, according to the Mail Online.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Doral Luigi Borra, the city attorney, city manager and City Council.

But now that O'Neal, 42, has his badge, Doral Police Department is trying to figure out how they'll be able to make a uniform that's big enough to fit the star who is 7ft 1in tall and weighs 324-pounds.

"His shoe size is huge, but nobody knows the exact number," senior executive assistant to the chief, Carlos Arango laughed.

"At some point we'll get him an official polo shirt, but for now he has his badge."

O' Neal had originally applied to become a member of Doral police in September. He went through the entire application process and submitted to a background check before he was taken on.

This is not his first time the NBA legend has worked with the force.

He has previously served as a reserve police officer for Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida; in Tempe, Arizona; and the Port of Los Angeles.

O'Neal has said that he considers police work to be his "calling" and revealed that two of his uncles were police officers and his stepfather was an Army sergeant.

And despite a fantastic basketball career, he has revealed that he has been interested in law enforcement since he was a teenager.

O'Neal, will not receive a salary and will cover his own insurance costs, and according to the police department he'll commute to work from his homes in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

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