‘In God We Trust’ going on police vehicles

Published 9:38 am Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mocksville Town Board members earlier this month voted to put “In God We Trust” emblems on police and other town vehicles.

The cost will be paid by an anonymous donor.

It passed 3-1, with Lash Sanford casting the only negative vote. He said he expects to see the national slogan on his money and his courthouse, but suggested the police motto, “To Protect And Serve,” may be more appropriate for police vehicles.

“This is sort of unnecessary … and I’m a person of faith,” Sanford said.

Johnny Frye, Amy Vaughan Jones and Brent Ward voted in favor of the inclusion. Rob Taylor was not at the meeting.

The motto will be placed on town vehicles during routine maintenance visits.

“The town is not placing the phrase on vehicles for religious purposes, or any other reason other than because ‘In God We Trust’ is our National Motto,” said Town Manager Marcus Abernethy. “The phrase is on our coinage and many forms of federal, state, and local government property.”