Celebrities will become Muncie police officers this winter for a CBS reality show, Mayor Dan Canan confirmed Tuesday.
"It's kind of ironic that Muncie gets zeroed in on for two entirely different reality TV shows," Canan said.
The celebrities will carry guns but will not answer emergency calls on their own, Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said.
They must first pass the same standards as any other reserve officer, Winkle said. Those standards include psychological and physical examinations and 40 hours of basic training in firearms and defensive tactics and other subjects, Winkle said. Each star will be paired with a training officer during the entirety of filming, which is expected to begin in the next few weeks and last about a month, Winkle said.
Sources have said former television cop Erik Estrada, Jack Osbourne (son of rock star Ozzy Osbourne), former pro-wrestler Trish Stratus, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and Jackass dwarf star Jason "Wee Man" Acuña are in the running for spots.
ponch, two former wrestlers (no matter how they list jesse ventura), the dwarf from jackass, and f'n jack osbourne, running around muncie with guns. this should be absolutely awful... but i still might have to set the dvr.
the reference to "two reality shows" alludes to the fact that central high school was in the running to host the second season of mtv's two-a-days, which would have centered around the high school's football team. in the end, it was the high school that decided not to go through with that show (which i would not have been interested in watching), showing the kind of good judgement that mayor dan canan apparently lacks.¶