NBA star Shaquille O'Neal becomes police officer

Shaquille O’Neal won the last of his four NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2006 © Getty Images

Legendary NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has been sworn in as a reserve police officer in Doral, South Florida.

Shaq – who won four NBA titles with the LA Lakers and Miami Heat and was finals MVP in three consecutive years between 2000 and 2002 – was sworn in on Tuesday afternoon by Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca.

He will not receive a salary as a reserve police officer and will cover his own insurance costs, according to a report from the Associated Press.

As recently as the 2009-10 season, his penultimate in the NBA, Shaq was in the top five highest-paid players in the league, earning $21 million (£13.9m) with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is estimated to have made career earnings of nearly $300m (£198m).

The Miami Herald reports that Shaq will mostly be doing community work and will serve as a role model for children. He has previously served in a similar capacity in Miami Beach, Arizona and Los Angeles and said on Tuesday that he would like to become a police chief or sheriff in the future.

“We’re honored to have him as part of our team,” said De Lucca. “He’s a role model for today’s youth. He believes in the nobility of our profession.”

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