Renowned thespian Dan Aykroyd has been sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in Mississippi.

The 61 year-old actor, who studied criminal justice in college, asked Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis if he could join the reserve department and his request was granted.

He will be responsible for organizing programs and fundraisers for the sheriff's department.

He says, "It's an honor to join these ranks today. I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today's world.

"I am able to go all over the world now and talk up this county, talk up this state and talk up the people of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department. It's a great honor, and I hope I can uphold my duties professionally and with integrity and honesty."

This isn't the first law enforcement appearance for the actor, who is in the state filming the James Brown biopic, Get On Up,  he served two agencies in Louisiana for nearly 16 years.

Sheriff Lewis tells The Clarion Ledger, "He's very qualified. He can hit the ground running, and he has credentials."

Aykroyd is not the first celebrity to work in the law enforcement industry, actor Lou Ferrigno, former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and Steven Seagal have also held positions in various agencies.