In a statement on the department’s Facebook page Monday, Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said the decals cost $1,480, and that no taxpayer money was used to purchase them.
The decals were reportedly paid for by Diggs personally.
In Monday’s post, Diggs stated:
“Having ‘In God We Trust’ on our vehicles does not injure or threaten anyone. It is not an attempt to urge anyone to support or convert to any one religion. God has blessed me and the Sheriff’s Office. This is one way of honoring God by acknowledging Him for His blessings upon us and it shows our patriotism by displaying our national motto.”
Diggs also stated Monday, “The legislatures and courts approve, and God is most certainly approving of this.”
The Virginia General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2001, part of which supported and encouraged “public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions in Virginia.”
Diggs also said Monday, “Based on the experience of others who have done this, there will certainly be a very small minority that will criticize.”
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