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'We're Proud Of Our Country': Alabama Police Chief Stands By Religious Slogan On Patrol Cars

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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More and more law enforcement agencies are placing slogans like "In God We Trust" or "God Bless America" on police cars, despite complaints that doing so blurs the line between church and state.

Police chief Augie Hendershot of Lexington, Alabama, stands by the “God Bless America” stickers he put on his patrol cars the day he took office in 2001, WHNT reported.

"We've been on accidents where people thought they were dying in a car and asked us to pray with them," Hendershot told the news station. "Those are things that are a part of our day-to-day lives and we just want people to know we're there.”

There’s been an upswing in stickers like Hendershot’s being placed on police cars following the recent spate of well-publicized attacks on law enforcement. Despite the fact that 58 percent of respondents to a recent Rasmussen poll believe there is now a "war on police," 2015 could see one of the lowest number of murdered police officers in decades, The Washington Post reported.

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Hendershot said his stickers are here to stay and that he hopes more law enforcement agencies adopt similar messages. 

"I'm not trying to push religion on anybody," he said. "We just want people to know that we're proud of our country."

Sources: The Washington Post, WHNT

Photo credit: Screenshot via WHNT