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deputize (one) as (something)

To temporarily grant one a position of power or authority. Because I'm going on vacation, I deputized my assistant as my surrogate.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

deputize someone as something

to assign someone the temporary power to act in some official capacity. The sheriff deputized Chuck as an aid during the uprising. Chuck was deputized as an officer of the law.
See also: deputize
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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We have asked the LGUs to deputize our men in order to give more teeth to local ordinances," Garcia said.
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Angeles GeA~orga to organize a training program on traffic enforcement with the Land Transportation Office, and to deputize more cops to reduce road accidents and traffic violations province-wide.
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Before leaving on his new mission, Chen deputizes his assistant to carry on the investigation in Shanghai.