Texas girl, 6, battling cancer sworn in as police officer

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FREEPORT, Texas (AP) A 6-year-old Houston-area girl battling cancer who dreams of becoming a law enforcement officer has been sworn in as an honorary member of the Freeport Police Department.

(Freeport Police Dept. photo)

“Congratulations to the newest member of the Freeport Police Department, Honorary Officer Abigail Rose Arias!” police said in a Facebook post Thursday.

“She took an oath today to continue fighting the ‘bad guys’ until she is cancer free! What a great day for the City of Freeport, and our Law Enforcement Family from all over this great state, who were in attendance!”

Freeport police Chief Ray Garivey learned of Abigail's interest in law enforcement and arranged to make her dream of being an officer come true.

The chief administered the oath to the girl, who wore a custom-made police uniform, and then gave her a big hug.

Abigail stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand to join the police department in Freeport.

Uniformed officers from a number of agencies were on hand to officially welcome Abigail as a member of Texas law enforcement.