Barry County Sheriff's Office adds new vehicle decal

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly admires the new decal on the back of his and all other department vehicles reading, "In God We Trust." At Epperly's suggestion, the decal was unanimously adopted by sheriff's departments across the state at a recent sheriff's convention. Julia Kilmer

'In God We Trust' now displayed on county's vehicles

When driving behind a Barry County Sheriff deputy's vehicle, residents will see a new "In God We Trust" decal staring back at them.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office has adopted the new decal for more than 20 its vehicles, along with many other sheriff departments across the state of Missouri. The idea was launched at the annual Missouri Sheriffs Association conference Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly recently attended.

"I got with the executive director of the Missouri Sheriff's Association before we went to the conference last week and suggested we do this in unity, maybe get the whole state involved," Epperly said. "I got up before the assembly and asked all the counties and sheriffs of Missouri to go out and put the decal, "In God We Trust," on their vehicles. It passed unanimously. A lot of the sheriffs kicked in by passing around a hat.

"We have all the stickers coming in, and Deputy [Mike] Moore's wife, Jamie, is putting the decals on the vehicles."

Epperly said the decals were paid through the pass the hat donations at the conference, and no county dollars were used to buy the decals or apply them, as Deputy Moore's wife, Jamie Moore, volunteered to do the work.

"['In God We Trust'] is our [national] motto and something we stand for," Epperly said. "We need to get back to our roots. We are not trying to alienate anyone, and if there is someone that doesn't like it, I haven't come across that person. It's no different than us putting 'Protect and Serve' on the cars."

Epperly said he and his deputies trust God to get them home safely each night.

"We already believe and trust in God," Epperly said. "He's there with us to where we can make it back home again that night."

Stone County drew national attention for adding the motto to its vehicles, and Lawrence County has added "In God We Trust" decals on its vehicles as well.

"In God We Trust" was adopted as the United States' motto in 1956 under President Dwight Eisenhower as an alternative to the unofficial national motto, "E Pluribus Unum," which means, "Out of Many, One," and was adopted as part of the national seal in 1782.

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