Henderson Police Chief Gary Davidson recently notified the members of the Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen of his plan to apply the slogan “In God We Trust” on all HPD patrol cars. Davidson said the city leaders gave their endorsement to his plan.
In his letter to the leaders, Davidson gave a history of the slogan and its use. According to Davidson, “In God We Trust” became the nation’s Motto on July 30, 1956. It first appeared on the two-cent coin in 1864, and it appeared on various denominations of currency in various years thereafter. By September 1961, the words “In God We Trust” appeared on all denominations of US currency.
Beginning July 1, 2017, language was added to Tennessee Code Annotated 55-4-103(k) stating the motto would be added to Tennessee State License plates with an option to purchase without the motto. Also, on March 21, 2018, the “National Motto in the Classroom Act” passed, requiring Tennessee schools to prominently display the motto in a prominent location where students are likely to see it, like a school entryway, cafeteria or common area.
With this being said, Davidson states that many Tennessee Law Enforcement agencies have added this National Motto to the marked patrol units in their jurisdiction.
“The Chief of Police has always chosen and designed our marked patrol cars and I feel we have a very nice design,” said Davidson in the letter. “I feel the police car design is a reflection of the community, and I want to display a positive image of our city to the nation.”
He further stated, “I have decided that we will add this great motto to the city of Henderson’s marked fleet. It will be done in a very tasteful and attractive manner and not an ‘eye sore’ to our fleet design. This is a decision I have made after being asked by many citizens and also by the officers that drive the cars to have this put on their cars.”