An award-winning actor joined a seven-member panel of police experts on Oct. 15.
Morgan Freeman surprised prospective police officers when they turned up for an interview in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The actor sat on a panel comprising of the police chief, a law professor and others to evaluate nine shortlisted candidates out of 100 applicants.
The 84 year-old grew up in Mississippi and owns a property in Gulf Shores, a town of 12,000 people according to the Associated Press.
Police deputy chief Dan Netemeyer revealed private citizens sometimes participate in recruitment activities.
“It was kind of a last minute thing but he was an active participant,” Netemeyer said according to the newswire agency. “He had a hat on and he was kind of sitting back. When he introduced himself it was almost like an old ‘Candid Camera’ scene.”
Many applicants could not help but recognize Freeman’s iconic voice.
“It was that voice, the same one you hear in the movies,” Netemeyer said.
Candidates still need to undergo background checks, a psychological assessment, medical evaluations, polygraph examinations and a drug test according to AL.com.
BL previously reported the actor and University of Mississippi professor Linda Keena donated $1 million to establish the Mississippi Reform and Oversight Center.
The center helps train police to better engage the community in crime prevention and conflict resolution.
Freeman recently revealed he does not support the “AbolishThePolice” movement, which promotes defunding U.S. law enforcement services.
“I am not in the least bit for defunding the police,” the actor said at the time. “[Police work is] very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys that are doing their job … [and] there are some policeman who would never even pull their guns.”
The progressive movement gained momentum after Minnesotan George Floyd died in police custody during May 2020. This caused widespread protests and outcry among Hollywood’s elite.