Look out lawbreakers, there’s a new sheriff in town – and he ain’t afraid of nothing.
Dan Aykroyd joined the ranks of the Hinds County Sheriff Department’s reserve unit on Friday, reports Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger.
The Canadian native, 61, approached the department after spending time in the Magnolia State while filming Get on Up, a James Brown biopic in which the Ghostbusters star plays the late singer’s manager, Ben Bart.
“It’s an honor to join these ranks today. I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today’s world,” Aykroyd said at the swearing-in ceremony, the newspaper reports. The original Saturday Night Live cast member also received a badge and uniform before heading back to the movie set.
This is not the first time the comic actor has joined legitimate crime-fighting forces: He served two law enforcement agencies in Louisiana for almost 16 years, reports the Clarion-Ledger.
Despite his celebrity status, it appears the former Blues Brother star kept things humble during the swearing-in. He also showed that he’s not above sucking up to the boss.
“I don’t think there’s a better dressed sheriff in the United States,” he said of Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who presided over the ceremony. “This man is sure styling, and he backs it up with intelligence, integrity and real care for his personnel.”
Aykroyd also promised to use his notoriety to benefit the department and the region that’s grabbed hold of his heart.
“I am able to go all over the world now and talk up this county, talk up this state and talk up the people of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department,” Aykroyd said, and explained one of his goals is to raise money for units so cash-strapped they “can’t even afford ammunition for practice.”