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Morgan Freeman is joining the Gulf Shores Police Department.

The 84-year-old actor sat on an interview board for an Alabama police recruit last week. The board also included law enforcement experts.


Freeman, a Mississippi native who owns property in the Gulf Shores and spends time in the city of 12,000, was part of a seven-member panel that interviewed nine potential officers for the Gulf Coast Police Department, Deputy Chief Dan Nettmeier said. said on Wednesday.

Netmayer said residents are sometimes asked to participate in such panels.

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The ‘Coming 2 America’ actor volunteered for the job because he knows other people who have helped in the process.

“It was a last minute thing, but he was an active participant,” Nettmeier said.

Freeman sat at a table asking questions to other interviewees including Netmayer, the police chief, a criminal justice professor, and others.

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“He had a hat on, and he was kind of sitting back. When he introduced himself it was almost like an old ‘candied camera’ scene,” Nettmeyer said.

Morgan Freeman has expressed support for law enforcement several times recently.

Oscar-winning actor best known for roles in “Invictus,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and others, but he is also known for his instantly recognizable voice.

“It was that sound, the same one you hear in the movies,” Nettmeier said.

The hiring process is not complete, the deputy chief said, but at least some recruits will be offered jobs.

Freeman and Linda Keena, University of Mississippi professors who also live in Gulf Shores and help with interviews, recently donated $1 million to set up an evidence-based policing and corrections center at the university.

Freeman had previously offered support to law enforcement when he said he did not support the movement to siphon off funding. Police Department across the country.

“I’m Not the Least One to Defend the Police,” Freeman said in an interview With Selena Hill of Black Enterprise. “Police’s job is, apart from all the negativity around it, it is very essential for us to have them and most of them are people who are doing their job. They are going about their day to day work. Some The police never drew their guns except in anger, that sort of thing. I don’t know.”

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