Dan Aykroyd was sworn in as a Hinds County reserve deputy in the Mississippi City’s Sheriff’s Department on Friday, Jan. 24.

Aykroyd, an actor and comedian most known for Ghostbusters, which he wrote and stared in, The Blues Brothers and his time spent on Saturday Night Live, is a Canada native, but was in Mississippi filming his upcoming film Get on Up.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says that Aykroyd contacted him with a letter, asking to be admitted to the reserve. Aykroyd studied criminology in college and previously served in law enforcement agencies for 16 years in Louisiana.

“He’s very qualified, he can hit the ground running, and he has credentials and has put in a letter of request. Today we’re going to honor that letter of request,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Of course, there are other perks that come with having a famous deputy in the Sheriff Department reserve. Lewis pointed out that Aykroyd can help bring attention to Hinds County, something Aykroyd also touched on in his short speech.

“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. It’s a great honor, and I hope I can uphold my duties professionally and with integrity and honesty and I hope to do that,” Aykroyd said at the ceremony.

Aykroyd also expressed his love for the state of Mississippi, leading to his desire to serve, saying, “My family fell in love with this state on the last trip down here.”

Aykroyd’s duties as a Deputy Reserve will reportedly be to help organize local events and fundraisers for the Sheriff’s Department. After being sworn in, Aykroyd received a uniform, badge and had his photo taken for his official Sheriff’s Department ID.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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