Gulf Shores, AL, police recruits recently met with an interview panel. And they were shocked to see A-list actor Morgan Freeman sitting among local officials.
Morgan Freeman spends a lot of time in Alabama’s small beach town. He owns property on the coast and travels there often. So when it was time for Gulf Shores to bring in a new batch of police officers, Freeman joined a seven-member panel that interviewed candidates.
It’s not uncommon for the GSPD to ask residents to help screen recruits. And the actor knows people who have served and interviewed in the past. So when the department needed a seventh person to sit on the panel last minute, he was happy to help.
“It was kind of a last minute thing,” Deputy Chief Dan Netemeyer told Fox News. “But he was an active participant.”
The Oscar winner joined the table with Netemeyer, a criminal justice professor, and a few others. While Freeman was there, he asked future officers about their experience during training and on the job.
“He had a hat on, and he was kind of sitting back. When he introduced himself, it was almost like an old ‘Candid Camera’ scene,” Netemeyer shared.
Morgan Freeman attempted to act like a regular Gulf Shores resident, but it was hard for everyone to forget who they were speaking to when they heard that recognizable voice.
“It was that voice, the same one you hear in the movies,” the police chief added.
The hiring process isn’t over yet, but Freeman is done with his part. And he helped narrow down the selection.
During a Recent Interview, Morgan Freeman Said He Supports Those in Uniform
One of Morgan Freeman’s most recent projects was the film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain. The movie followed true events surrounding an elderly, mentally ill African American man who was shot by police officers sent to help him during a bipolar episode. Freeman served as the film’s Executive Producer.
During a promotional interview with Black Enterprise journalist Selena Hill, Freeman spoke about his views on men and women in uniform and gave his thoughts on the defund the police movement.
“Police work is, aside from all the negativity around it, it is very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys that are doing their job,” he said in a video. “They’re going about their day-to-day jobs. There are some police that never pulled their guns except in rage, that sort of thing. I don’t know.”
He also went on to tell Hill that he’s “not in the least bit for defunding the police.”
Selena posted a snipped of the interview on Instagram, and you can watch it here.