A well-known actor who once played a policeman on a popular television series is now a real life police officer and working as a reserve for the City of St. Anthony.

Erik Estrada stared as a highway patrol officer in the T.V series ‘CHIPS.’  He is now teaming up with the St. Anthony Police Department to kick off the departments new ‘Internet Crimes Against Children’ task force.

KPVI News that Works for You talked to Estrada to find out why they chose St. Anthony.

“It’s a small community and they have a need for what we want to do and they will allow us to do it and with their help we can do it,” says Erik Estrada, Former Star of ‘CHIPS.’

The actor that once played a police officer on the TV show ‘CHIPS’ was sworn in on Saturday to be a ‘Reserve’ for the City of St. Anthony.  He says he always wanted to be a cop even before he played one on TV.  He wooed the community with his charm and humor and when asked if he passed the physical exam…

“Course I did.  I woke up this morning, brushed my teeth, combed my hair, blew it out, look I’m ready.  I’m ready to go,” says Estrada.

But on a more serious note, he talked about the reason why he is in St. Anthony.  He says their mission is to  educate and protect children from the internet.  He says it’s a worldwide problem that he hopes to bring awareness to.  He says education is the best prevention when it comes to a predator being just a click away from reaching your child.

“The online sexual predator will take his time to groom a child on the internet.  They will send them gifts, they will befriend them, they will be there for them and before you know it, the child has disclosed every bit of information of themselves.  Now they know where they live,” says Estrada.

Terry Harris the Chief of Police for the City of St. Anthony was instrumental in getting Erik Estrada, the former television star of ‘CHIPS’ to be sworn in as a ‘Reserve’ for the St. Anthony Police Department.

“As a community it is really hard to imagine, I mean come into a small community in Idaho and have somebody of his stature and notoriety here is, I’m just flabbergasted that he was even willing to come here and do it,” says Terry Harris, Chief of Police, City of St. Anthony.

After Estrada was sworn in, he visited South Fremont High School in St. Anthony.  He will be in the area until Monday and plans to come back sometime in September to help educate the people in the area about ‘Internet Crimes Against Children.’

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