Blues Brothers star Dan Aykroyd has been sworn in as Deputy Sheriff of Hinds County in Mississippi.

The actor is currently filming the James Brown biopic Get On Up in the area and reportedly approached the Hinds County Sheriff's Department about joining their unit.

At his swearing in ceremony the Ghostbusters star said, "It's an honour to join these ranks today. I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today's world."

Akyroyd plans to use his celebrity to boost the county's profile, "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."