Shaq Attack On Crime: Shaquille O’Neal stars in police recruitment video

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal made a special guest appearance in a recently unveiled officer recruitment video for the Los Angeles Port Police, employing a bit of his signature humor to make the advert all the more fun.

On September 15th, the official YouTube account for the Port of Los Angeles debuted the latest officer recruitment video for the area’s police department, dubbing the video “Bring in Shaq,” as a rather on-the-nose nod to O’Neal’s appearance in the video.

In the video in question, a scene is played out depicting a suspect who is initially uncooperative with officers’ orders, leading to the officers to call in for backup by utilizing a number of nicknames O’Neal has acquired throughout the past few decades.

After the mock suspect willingly hops into the backseat of a police cruiser at the mere sight of O’Neal, the sports icon speaks directly to the camera in regard to the recruitment message of the advert, saying, “Team is more important than any of us. If you have what it takes to join the Los Angeles Port Police, come on down. It’s time to dive in.”

O’Neal making a cameo appearance in the Los Angeles Port Police’s recruitment video isn’t that surprising, considering O’Neal first became professionally engaged with the department after accepting a role as a reserve officer back in 2002.

Los Angeles Port Police even made a nod to O’Neal’s history with the department when sharing the latest recruiting video on X (formerly Twitter), captioning the video with, “Big thanks to [Shaquille O’Neal] for his continued support for law enforcement and spending time with his old police department. It was great to see him back in our uniform!”

Back in 2016, O’Neal was also sworn in as sheriff’s deputy in Clayton County, Georgia, where reports noted his deputizing in the county resulted in “making the 7-foot tall celebrity the tallest deputy in the county's history.”

O’Neal has also been afforded honorary status as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, as well as having served as a reserve officer in the states of Arizona and Florida.
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