Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal will expand which areas of the country he can claim to be a(n honorary) law enforcement official when he becomes the first member of the WCRDSA sworn in by Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Shaq will appear at Worcester’s Mercy Center this Thursday evening. The swearing-in ceremony will take place after his visit with the Catholic Charities program that provides adults with disabilities opportunities to work and volunteer.
David Tuttle, Evangelidis’ former campaign manager and the HOC’s current program and management analyst, wrote
Over the years Shaq has been recognized for his community and charity work. The Sheriff is committed to expanding the role that the WCRDSA plays in local communities and hopes that by making Shaq his first member will help set the tone for others to volunteer to give back to their communities.
O’Neal has had a long interest in law enforcement. He’s been through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy and was/is a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Port Police. He was named an honorary US Deputy Marshal in 2005. That same year, while playing for the Miami Heat, he was sworn in as a Miami Beach reserve officer.
What does a WCRDSA member do, and more importantly, does this mean he could arrest someone?
Tuttle says the group is a non-profit that does community service and charity drives, and members have no arresting or law enforcement powers. Luckily for alleged criminals, they won’t have to worry about seeing the 7’1″, 325 pound Shaq barrel down on them with “justifiable use of force” clearance.