'CHiPs' Star Erik Estrada Sworn In as Real-Life Police Officer

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Erik Estrada

The actor, along with Larry Wilcox, starred on the hit NBC series that ran for six seasons from 1977-1983.

Erik Estrada went from playing a highway patrol officer on CHiPs to becoming an honest-to-goodness cop. 

The 67-year-old Estrada was sworn in as a reserve police officer in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Saturday, according to numerous social media posts. 

"An honor for me and my partner Daryl Williams, we now serve the saint Anthony police dept. Proudly." Estrada wrote in a tweet. Estrada works in the Internet Crimes Against Children department. 

Estrada became a household name while co-starring with Larry Wilcox on CHiPs, which ran for six seasons on NBC from 1977-1983. After that show, Estrada mostly acted in telenovelas and dabbled in reality TV.

Estrada also is the spokesman for the Safe Surfin' Foundation, an organization that works to protect children from internet predators. 

This is not the first time the CHiPs actor has donned a gun and badge in real life. Estrada became a full-time deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Va., in 2009. 

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