“He’s very qualified," said Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis. "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."
"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 ceremony, when he received an official badge and uniform.
Aykroyd said he was inspired to help the men and women of law enforcement by raising awareness of their needs.
“A lot of departments can’t even afford ammunition for practice; it’s that kind of tiny little challenge that you never think of,” he said. “We’re going to be aware of that and aware of maybe doing some programs and some fundraisers to supplement the resources of the department here.”
Akyroyd isn't the only actor to pursue a second career in law enforcement. B-movie action star Steven Seagal works as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana.
Get On Up, in which Aykroyd plays Brown's manager, Ben Bart, stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the late singer. It hits theaters in August.