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Divine Decals: Wichita County Sheriff's Office

First, it was Childress.

Then, it was Paducah.

And then, it was Iowa Park, Electra, and Bowie.

Now, this divine decal, reading, "In God We Trust," is coming to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office. 

The decals started appearing in greater frequency on law enforcement vehicles across the country after the death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth exactly one month ago. 

Some have done this to show patriotism, but Wichita County Sheriff David Duke says it's more about protection. 

"I believe every one of our deputies that works the streets, they believe that God is providing safe environments and helping us out through difficult times," Duke said.

About a week ago, a Wichita Falls businessman called Sheriff Duke, offering to pay for all WCSO vehicles to dawn the decal. He has received three such offers in the past seven days.

National advocacy groups, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, have criticized the use of the national motto on government property. 

Duke thinks people are taking the concept of separation of church and state too far.

"'In God We Trust' is something I think all Americans, if not all Christians believe. I firmly believe that if people don't like seeing something like that on a patrol car, its no different than a liquor store or adult novelty store, don't look at it, don't go in it. What's it hurt?"      

In fact, Duke wanted to take the decals a step further. 

"At one point I thought about putting 'In God We Trust, everyone else we'll check warrants on.' Because thats kind of the way we look at things," Duke said.

Sheriff Duke insists he's not shoving religion down anyone's throat. 

Since the decals are being donated, he likens it to putting Texas flags on Sheriff's patrol units. 

Still, we asked him what message he has to those who might be offended by the phrase."

"I don't have a message for them, Duke said, "they need to find their own message. But in God I trust."

Sheriff Duke did not provide a timeline on when the decals will appear, or know at this time exactly  where the phrase will be placed on the vehicles.

We also reached out to Chief Borrego at the Wichita Falls Police Department to see if they were planning on getting the decal... 

He said no decision has been made at this time.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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