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ETX 10-year-old with rare disorder sworn in as Fort Worth Junior officer

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FORT WORTH, TX (KDAF/CNN)  The newest police officer sworn in by the Fort Worth Police Department doesn't fit the typical description of a police officer.

He's from White Oak, he relies on a wheelchair, and he's only ten years old.

Not every superhero wears a cape.

"Dakin has shown true courage strength and heart beyond his years, and has demonstrated that he is a true hero," said Assistant Chief Ed Kraus with the Fort Worth Police Department.

And because of that, Dakin Lovelace is the newest Fort Worth junior police officer.

"I wanted to be a cop since I was really little," said Dakin.

Dakin has an extremely rare disorder called spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress.

Though his physical disabilities will keep him from chasing down the bad guys, that doesn't mean he doesn't have the heart of the boys in blue.

"People see policing as one side. This is really what policing is all about, making a difference in the community. It's not about arresting people and things like that. It's about reaching out to somebody like that, you know, somebody who might not have normally had this opportunity," said Sgt. Chris Britt. 

Of all the departments in Texas he wanted to join the squad in Fort Worth.

"For us, this is a big deal, you know. This family doesn't live here. They're 3 hours away. So for them to come to us, of all departments, you know that's a big honor on our end. We all, as you can see, we're going to put on all the bells and whistles for him and make sure he has a really good day," said Britt.

He went through all the processes a normal cop goes through so you can say he's official, and he's taking no prisoners.

His favorite part of the day? A chance to finally arrest his mom.

"She's a horrible driver," announced Jr. officer Dakin.

Look out Fort Worth, there's a new officer in town.

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