Wednesday, May 25, 2005
The US Marshals have a new Deputy in Florida.
He’s Shaquille O’Neal, basketball star and undercover officer.Works for me. If Shaq was doing this as some form of PR, I don't think I'd be as enthusiastic about it, but I heard years ago that he was interested in law enforcement, so far as to the point that he wanted to be a CHP officer when he was out here in Los Angeles. As far as I'm concerned, that's great. The law enforcement field is becoming filled with people who are more interested in the pension and retirement plans associated with being officers and investigators, versus the desire to fight crime. Shaq wants to fight crime, something that should be respected regardless of your opinion of him as a sports figure.
The 7-foot-1, 325-pound Miami Heat center, who has a fascination with law enforcement, was recently sworn in as a U.S. deputy marshal. He spent six hours on a Saturday afternoon with Miami Beach police investigators helping with cases.
O’Neal has joined a Department of Justice task force that tracks down sexual predators who target children on the Internet.