From CHiPS Officer to Police Officer


After being the lead star of a hit series, most celebrities move on to another project for work.  Tom Selleck became the star of CBS’s hit series Blue Bloods after his notorious role as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.  Whether it is another role of an upcoming series or a new project unrelated to the entertainment industry, celebrities are always keeping themselves busy to make a living.  Actors and actresses are people too, paying their taxes to live another day in America.  Erik Estrada was known for playing a California Highway patrol cop on CHiPS, only to become a cop almost 40 years later.

No, CHiPS is not getting a reboot on television.  Erik Estrada was officially sworn in as a REAL cop for the state of Idaho.  He shared the news on Twitter on July 2nd, informing his fans that he was sworn in with the Saint Anthony Police Department.

The former CHiPS star will be working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a program dedicated to developing an effective response towards internet crimes against children.  The program works to protect kids from sexual predators and pedophiles who reel children into their home for conducting sexual acts.  It was established in 1998 with 10 task forces and blossomed to a nationwide network of 61 task forces as of 2016.

CHiPS originally aired on NBC from September 1977-May 1983.  The show starred Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as Highway Patrolmen of the California Highway Patrol (CHP, hence why the show was named CHiPS in the first place!).  It was an action crime drama that featured light comedy elements in every episode.  There was very little violence in the series and the officers rarely drew their guns at their enemies.

Erik Estrada was already heavily involved in numerous advocacy groups.  He was named the international face of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.) back in 2000.  Back in 2008, he worked the midnight shifts three nights a week as a reserve officer for the police department of Muncie, Indiana.

This story was hilarious to hear about on social media!  While I haven’t seen the show yet, I remembered learning about Erik Estrada’s role through other TV series.  It was almost like hearing of a real-life CHiPS episode happening in Idaho.  Even though he played a pretend cop on TV back in the 70s/80s, Erik Estrada did work as a police officer more than 30 years later.

I always enjoy reading about what celebrities do after their breakout roles in Hollywood.  Celebrities are people just like us and some of them get tiresome of the work they do over at La-La Land.  If Erik Estrada became a real cop in Idaho, who knows what other surprising career changes we will see among celebrities!  Maybe Tom Selleck will shift careers to become a REAL private investigator in another state!  He certainly has the experience from being on Magnum P.I. back in the 80s.

Congratulations on Erik Estrada for becoming police officer in Idaho!  We at MakeSandcastlesNotWar look forward to the work you do against sexual predators on the internet.  Its people like you who make the world a better place by going after potential cyber criminals in this country.  Good luck on your future endeavor as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force!

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