JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department added "In God We Trust" decals to all the city-owned police vehicles.
Mayor Harold Perrin and Chief Rick Elliot added the first decal Thursday morning at the municipal building in front of several local pastors and representatives from Out of the Dark and the Reclamation House.
The decals have a bald eagle, American flag and the nation's motto "In God We Trust" on them.
The decals were a gift to the city and police department from private and corporate donors.
Elliot said the decals are patriotic and show the values the department stands for.
Region 8 News spoke with people in the community to see how they felt about the new decals.
"I think they are very patriotic, I think it is a very good thing for our town and our state," Melinda Smith said.
Most people seemed to like the new look and thought the decals were appropriate for the police.
"I think our country has gotten to where it doesn't show how much God means to us anymore and I think that is one way to show that we still believe in God," Virginia Murphy said.
Some even said it makes sense to have the national motto on police vehicles.
"I think the decals look great on the city vehicles, I don't think there is anything wrong with it. That phrase is on our currency and it appears on the municipal buildings so I think it fine, it looks great," Akeyia Shannon said.
A few people though thought this specific decal does not need to be on vehicles owned by the city.
"I think being on a city vehicle it is a little much because if they are on every city vehicle then the employees driving it have to bear the 'In God We Trust' and they might not themselves believe that. The city enforcing that on their employees is a burden that shouldn't be there," Jessica Keith said.
Perrin consulted an attorney before approving them for city-owned police vehicles.
He said he is confident the logo is appropriate after district court and the Arkansas attorney general said it is legal.
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