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November 28, 2007
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CHiPs actor training to stay reserve officer

The Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. — Erik Estrada is back in Muncie this week for training to keep up the reserve police officer status he earned as part of the canceled CBS reality show "Armed & Famous."

Estrada discusses his shooting with a Muncie, Ind., policeman during filming of the CBS reality show "Armed & Famous" in Muncie Dec. 4, 2006.
"When I make a commitment to be somewhere, it's done, like gold," Estrada, 58, told The Star Press in an interview Monday. "And I'll be here next year too, and the year after that."

"And I hope, 30 or 40 years from now, God willing, that when it's time to put me in my grave, I'll go in my Muncie uniform and badge," he said.

Estrada will spend the week participating in various training events and will ride with officers again while on duty, said Police Chief Joe Winkle. He said an eight-hour monthly service requirement would be waived for Estrada.

The former "CHiPs" star also intends to help with the Muncie Police Department's annual "Shop with a Cop" charity event.

After filming for "Armed & Famous" wrapped, Estrada also received deputy status with the sheriff's department in Virginia's Bedford County.

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