LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Supporters packed the Angelina County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday morning when they voted unanimously to allow the sheriff's office to put donated "In God We Trust" decals on ACSO patrol units.
There were so many people in attendance that the overflow crowd was standing in the hallway. Numerous community leaders were in attendance as well.
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches took to social media to ask his constituents thoughts on the idea.
"I'm elected by the people, and I want to get the people's opinion on this," Sanches said. "There were some that were neutral and even some were against, but those number were very, very small."
According to Sanches, an overwhelming majority was in favor of placing the decals on the patrol vehicles.
Sanches thanked the community for its support. The decals don't mean that the sheriff's office will only protect Christians, Sanches said. He said they are committed to protecting everyone in Angelia County whether they are Christians or not.
In a Dec. 2 Facebook post, Sanches wrote, "I have had nothing but overwhelming support for the 'In God We Trust' for the patrol vehicles. Today I have been stopped by so many people stating that they are in support of this issue."
Pct. 1 County Commissioner Greg Harrison said he hasn't spoken to anyone from his precinct who is against putting the decals on ACSO patrol vehicles.
After the vote by the commissioners, a special presentation was held outside. A Lufkin business, Real Graphics, made the stickers, free of charge, and placed one on a patrol vehicle. Several community members prayed and sang hymns showing their support for the decals.
Real Graphics was on hand to hand out more of the stickers, so that community members could put them on their personal vehicles.
Although the stickers are free, Sanches said if anyone wants to donate to Real Graphics, it would be "much appreciated."