DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -The Stephens County Sheriff's Office is now one of three law enforcement agencies in the county whose patrol cars bear the nation's official motto, "In God We Trust."
Sheriff Wayne McKinney says the message can be seen just above the bumper on all of his patrol vehicles.
The work was donated by a man in Marlow that make decals in his spare time. Sheriff McKinney says the man approached him a month ago and told him about his passion project for placing the nation's motto on all law enforcement patrol vehicles in Stephens County.
So far, he's put the decals on patrol cars in Velma, Marlow and now the Stephens County Sheriff's Office's patrol vehicles.
Sheriff McKinney says you see the motto "To protect and serve" on the side of most law enforcement vehicles. However, he thought the nation's motto was even more appropriate to give the residents of Stephens County a daily reminder of whose hands he and his deputies are in while keeping the street safe from danger.
Sheriff McKinney says with so many terrible things happening in the world, it's only fitting to have "In God We Trust" on the back of law enforcement vehicles.
"A little reminder to myself and my deputies who we put our faith and trust in, and that's in God," Sheriff McKinney said.
Sheriff McKinney says he thought about marking the units with the motto some time ago after seeing it used by other law enforcement agencies, but it wasn't until a man offered to donate his work that he was able to follow through.
From there, the proposal was sent to a county commissioner and it was approved. Sheriff McKinney says the new decals give him and his employees a sense of pride.
"All my deputies and employees are godly people and we believe in the country and we know what this country was founded on and we are very proud of our county. It's a constant reminder to them that we need to go to God in prayer and ask God in guidance and help in performing our job," Sheriff McKinney said.
Sheriff McKinney says the City of Marlow is in the process of getting the decals on their fire trucks. No word on when the other fire departments will add the decals.