LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County is adding some star power to its sheriff's department.
Undersheriff Eddie Lerma this week arranged to have action film star Steven Seagal sworn in as a deputy.
Sheriff Todd Garrison read Seagal his oath during an informal ceremony Tuesday.
Lerma says Seagal is more than a movie star. He says he has spent decades in law enforcement training, and has a special interest in border issues.
Seagal has been involved in law enforcement in Louisiana and Arizona. In Arizona he is part of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civilian posse of volunteers who assist deputies in duties such as providing free police protection at malls during the holidays, directing traffic at wreck scenes and transporting to jail the people who are arrested in immigration patrols.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.