Heat center and reserve police officer to tour facility

Updated: January 5, 2006, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

Shaquille O'Neal

PHOENIX -- Shaquille O'Neal's interest in law enforcement will get him a visit of a Phoenix jail facility.

Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the Miami Heat star will tour the county's Tent City Jail Thursday evening.

Arpaio says Miami Beach Police Chief Don DeLucca will accompany O'Neal, who is a reserve Miami Beach police officer.

Arpaio says he'll discuss with his guests the pros and cons of a canvas incarceration compound. He also plans to swear in Shaq as a special deputy at the conclusion of the tour.

O'Neal and the Heat play the Phoenix Suns on Friday night in Phoenix.

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