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Pastor wants to add "In God We Trust" to KCSO vehicles next

Bakersfield, Delano already approved plans for patrol cars
Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 19:43:50-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield pastor who helped convince city officials to add "In God We Trust" decals to police vehicles says his mission isn't over just yet.

Pastor Angelo Frazier of RiverLakes Community Church says he wants to see the United States' national motto added to Kern County Sheriff's vehicles next.

Frazier told 23ABC Friday that he will be making that plea to the sheriff's office and county supervisors if necessary.

"Hopefully soon," Frazier said. "I want to finish the deal with the City first, see that completed, then move to the County."

Sheriff Donny Youngblood declined to comment on the idea Friday.

Back in May, Frazier and Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan pushed to have the decals added to BPD patrol cars.

Sullivan said her non-profit, In God We Trust America, would cover the cost.

The City Council approved the measure by a 4-2 vote on June 5.

The decision comes after Delano agreed to add the motto to its patrol vehicles back in April.

Shafter is also considering adding the motto to it's vehicles after another pastor made the request.

All of the efforts to add the motto to municipal vehicles have seen some opposition, however. Some argued the invoking of God on a city vehicle violates the separation of church and state, as written in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Frazier disagrees, however, because it's the national motto.