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Shaq Now Officer O'Neal

AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Department
MIAMI BEACH FL USA -- This photo provided by the Miami Beach, Fla. Police Department shows Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal being sworn in as a reserve police officer Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 in Miami Beach. O'Neal hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day.
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The newest police detective on Miami Beach won't be hard to find -- he's 7 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs more than 300 pounds. Miami Heat star Shaquille O'Neal took his official oath Thursday afternoon.

Local 10 was on hand to exclusively cover O'Neal's swearing it at Miami Beach Police Headquarters.

Shaq has completed more than 1,200 hours of training and he attended the police academy in Los Angeles before passing his exam. He said it has been his dream since childhood to be a police officer, but "winning the athletic lottery a couple times" put his dream on hold.

O'Neal said that since he is almost done playing ball, and because he has "been a leader, not a follower and stayed out of trouble," he can pursue his goal of becoming a law enforcement officer.

He will be working be working as an investigator with the child pornography unit.

Shaq is already at the Miami Beach police station at least once a week. His NBA career has made sure his salary isn't a concern, which is good, since right now his pay as a reserve officer is $1.