CHILDRESS, TX - After backlash from across the country for putting the words "In God We Trust" on their patrol vehicles, the Childress Police Department now has the support of Texas lawmakers
State Senator Charles Perry and State Representative Drew Springer took it upon themselves to ask for the backing of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Even Governor Abbott extended his support.
"I think it's important that we as a state rally around our law enforcement personnel, but also that we rally support of "In God We Trust," Abbott told NewsChannel 10. "What they're doing is perfectly constitutional, and I think it needs to be supported."
Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia said this decision was never a matter of religion, but thought our national motto served as a great morale booster for his officers.
The city's citizens for the most part have expressed overwhelming support and admiration for the new decals.
One Childress resident who disagrees was afraid to voice their opinion, wary of the public's reaction.
They reached out to NewsChannel 10 about this, saying:
"It really saddens me that I am not brave enough to stand up for my beliefs for fear of police retaliation or people in Childress."
Garcia said in no way are these decals targeting people who don't believe in God, or otherwise disagree with the decal.
"No matter who you are, no matter what you do, we serve and we protect," said Garcia. "That's what we do. We don't pass judgement, that's not our job."
Overall the support has come pouring in, and people have sent the police department not only words of encouragement and praise, but gifts quoting Garcia's response to the Freedom from Religion Foundation's request for him to remove the decals: