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Actor Steven Seagal Sworn as Texas Border Deputy

October 14, 2011  | 

Steven Seagal filming the "Lawman" reality show. Photo: A&E.
Steven Seagal filming the "Lawman" reality show. Photo: A&E.

Action-movie actor Steven Seagal has been sworn as a deputy with the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department, and will begin working along the Mexican border.

Seagal, who has served as a reserve deputy in Louisiana, was sworn in by Sheriff Arvin West on Friday. Seagal, 59, had reached out to the office for employment two months ago.

Source: El Paso Times

Related: Steven Seagal—Lawman


Comments (22)

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Daniel Harp @ 10/14/2011 12:46 PM

First! I wonder if he's going to do another show now that he's in Texas.

Tom Ret @ 10/14/2011 4:31 PM

Good for him. Even if it is for publicity, I give him credit for his support.

Blackei @ 10/17/2011 2:20 PM

Is he a certified peace officer? In Louisiana,a reserve officer can wear a gun,badge,handcuffs but they half to be with a POST certified officer without training,the new Sheriff ran him off after Sheriff Lee stepped down. There's articles that he claimed he's certified in California,Louisiana but there's no record of him on file that he took the POST Basic Peace Officer Course. In Texas ,volunteer,reserve,or full time paid you half to take the 618 hour Basic Peace Officer Course,prior to enrolling into the academy,you half to take psychological exam,drug test physical,criminal history. Why they did not mention that he's taking the Texas Peace Officer Course?

TripWire @ 10/17/2011 6:32 PM

Good for him!! He seems to be a decent fellow,,, and he sure can shoot. He has a degree in CJ and got his POST cert in 1991. He was briefly suspended in 2009 from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff Dept due to sexual harassment charges but was re-instated after the charges were found to be without merit. He still is a Reserve Deputy Chief today and patrols regularly, augumenting the full time force.

jhealy @ 10/17/2011 7:16 PM

He has a TCLEOSE (our POST in TX PID number), so it appears that he may have already challenged the state requirements, but he has not tested, if he has they have not posted him as passing yet. I don't really think the state needs him but the boarder can use anyone they can get to help with the problems they have, good luck.

Joe Smith @ 10/17/2011 7:37 PM

Who cares, he is good for law enforcement..... more funding, exposure, etc... We do need all the help we can get at the "borders." We got to round them all up and put them all on buses back across the "border" so they can try again, again and again.... until they make it. Gosh, we are so nice to all those illegal aliens breaking our laws...... guess its better to be illegal so you don't get prosecuted. If I wasn't any smarter I would think it was all a game to get additional funding for Home Land Security (joke) and War On Drugs.... But we would never do that would we?

P.S. You all need to use spell check and grammar check.... "half" "boarder"

M Lowen @ 10/17/2011 7:42 PM

Ya, its all a big game for the agencies to get additional funding. As one who was inside a federal law agency for 20 years I know the game. Its how can we get bigger and get more funding. It's a competition between all fed law agencies. They all want the "lime light", so to speak".

Hugh @ 10/17/2011 8:39 PM

He's an actor, but, having said that, he probably is not so bad. With respect to his certification, the sheriff who hired him is responsible to see that he either has it or gets it within a specific period. That's how it works in most states! Hello!

Morning Eagle @ 10/17/2011 11:08 PM

When he worked in Louisiana he was always in the company of other regular officers and did not act alone. I would expect it to be a similar arrangement in TX. Regardless, more publicity on what is really happening every day on the southern border cannot hurt. Seagal has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement and it is refreshing to see a Hollywood big name that is not always being stupidly critical of everything in this country that has provided such affluent lifestyles for them.

cook @ 10/18/2011 4:40 AM

Reserve, part-time, full time, went through the certified peace officer course or not; When you are sworn in by the sheriff you are deputized. Depending on state law arrresting powers, Respect that he is in the service and quite being so jugemental.

cook @ 10/18/2011 4:40 AM

Reserve, part-time, full time, went through the certified peace officer course or not; When you are sworn in by the sheriff you are deputized. Depending on state law arrresting powers, Respect that he is in the service and quite being so jugemental.

Ric Walters @ 10/18/2011 4:42 AM

Hugh's comment is on target. Segal will have to take a modified academy as a lateral entry officer. Texas will recognize the training he received in Louisiana. As a Reserve Deputy, however, he can work alone, and has the same authority as a full-time, paid officer when he's on duty.

John @ 10/18/2011 5:42 AM

He bounces around more than a rubber ball. First, La, then MCSO in Az and now Texas?????? Why the bounce around???? Not enough TV material?

Frank @ 10/18/2011 5:43 AM

WOW! A hollywood actor on the border maybe the Border Patrol can seek out Sean Penn and Clooney. Nah! Their too busy throwing rocks at this country. We should waste our money on Dafour according to George Clooney. While we get the Cartel and more Illegals in this country the O Administration sit on their hands. The White House should be relocated to a border town in Texas. Jobs! Lets have the O Administration hire the unemployed as Greeters on the border.

Sky @ 10/18/2011 7:06 AM

Kudos to Mr. Segal. Whether as a Full time or Reserve LEO he is still putting his life on the line when he goes in service just like any other LEO. I wish him and all who wear the badge a safe Watch.

Darrell @ 10/18/2011 7:55 AM

In Maricopa County he was a joke, he wouldn't go into the jails because it was too dangerous! Let the real men & women in LE do the real work with out hesitation.

Ronald Shumaker @ 10/18/2011 9:07 PM

congrats to mr. segal you have been a big role model in my life now since growing up to you and your movies i have 14 armed security, law enforcement, s.w.a.t training, and body guarding and still thriving to do more. thank you for inspiring many people on your journey.

Fed Cop @ 10/25/2011 6:59 AM

Blackie, in La. he held the rank of Deputy Chief even though he was a reserve officer. When I was a Reserve Deputy (Part-time Deputy) in Florida, I was a fully sworn officer with all the powers of a full time deputy. I had the uniforms, a Take-Home, issued department weapons, the works. When I went full time, was when I got the retirement and health benefits, and higher pay.

S.Cutten @ 10/25/2011 7:14 AM

I whole-heartedly support Steven Segal in helping out with the borders. I stand behind him in all that he does to help keep this country safe and free to the US CITIZENS, not the illegals that try to come here and take,Take,TAKE from our country to bankrupt us, the Citizens of the United States of AMERICA! Go Steven, GO!

Mike @ 10/25/2011 8:51 AM

Why does anyone care if he is or is not POST certified? Does it matter to anyone of you who wrote in asking that? Why not give him kudos for commiting his time and his own personal safety into protecting our borders? There are lots of people out there who won't do what he's doing out of fear of getting killed. The man has so much money from the hit movies he's made and the celebrity status he has that he probably doesn't need to work. He could get paid from personal appearances and from doing Aikido seminars alone. Let's say he isn't trained and the agency is violating Texas State policy, when the gauntlet comes down if he's involved in a shooting, etc. it will be on the agency and on him. There is NO City attorney who is going to allow that to happen if he's not certified to enforce laws and take people's freedom away. Furthermore, with the money Segal has made from his work as an actor, no personal attorney is going to recommend he take on a lawsuit friendly profession if he's not trained and certified. The minute he slams someone to the ground a lawsuit friendly defense attorney is going to be more than happy to file that civil lawsuit on excessive force. There are attorneys who handle that, I suggest we let them worry about that and commend him for putting his life on the line for our country.

Jack Hunter @ 1/4/2012 10:35 AM

I am a reserve deputy in Tennessee. I don't do it for the publicity, or recognition. I do it because I feel it is my duty as a citizen to do what I can. I have a full time job, but I still serve as a reserve deputy. Steven Seagal served for 20 years in Louisiana before the public knew he was a deputy. If his feelings are like mine, he probably feels he can do some good working on the border. At the very least it will draw some attention from the general public and the politicians who should be backing those who protect and SERVE.

judy smith @ 8/9/2014 3:28 PM

Steven seagal puts his heart and soul in to what he does thats why its always beautiful

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