By PoliceOne Staff
Usually when celebrities make it into police news, it’s because they’ve gotten a DUI, resisted arrest, or some other infamous infraction of the law. But there are a select few who have a special place in the hearts of police – maybe even a 'get out of jail free' card, figuratively speaking, for their good deed, whether it’s philanthropic or otherwise.
Here are the five celebs we decided need an extra dose of spotlight.
1. David Spade. For those of you who haven’t heard, the Arizonian (raised in Scottsdale and Casa Grande) has been incredibly generous to the Phoenix Police over the years. After seeing a news special on Fox in 2008 about officers buying their own high-powered rifles, he donated $100,000 to the department to help the cause.
In 2007, the star gave $25,000 to the family of a fallen Phoenix officer.
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2. Mario Williams. The former Texans football star thanked his local Houston Police in March by donating five new Dodge Chargers to the department’s fleet. In 2011, he donated five police package Chevrolet Camaros to the department. Full Story
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3. Shaquille O’Neal. The 7-foot-1 superstar was sworn in as a reserve officer with the Miami Police Department in 2005, and as a reserve officer in L.A. before that. You can say what you want about Shaq’s qualifications, but he has proven to be both passionate about helping, and respectful of his fellow officers. He works with the special victims detective unit to help stop crimes against children, and decided against attending the department’s public swearing ceremony so as not to take away from the other new officers’ special day.
4. Dennis Farina. The actor best known for films like ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Hannibal Lecter’ and his years-long role as Detective Joe Fontana on ‘Law & Order’ started off as a Chicago police officer. In fact, it was his job as a police consultant for a director that got him interested in acting.
5. Jamie Dimon. Okay, he’s not a celebrity. He’s the CEO and chairman of JP Morgan Chase, but we decided he belongs on the list after his company’s record-breaking donation to the NYPD. $4.6 M was given to the department in 2011 following protests to strengthen the city’s security.
“These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”