LHPD vehicles display message ‘In God We Trust’
By SHELLY WILKISON
At the start of every shift, Liberty Hill Patrol Officer Robert Fox prays that he will return home safely.
“I have a wife, two children and I am a Christian,” he said. Every time I leave for work, I pray that I come home safely.”
When Fox, who has been with the police department almost four years, began seeing other law enforcement agencies add decals to patrol units with the words “In God We Trust”, he asked Police Chief Randy Williams for permission to do the same in Liberty Hill.
“He (Williams) didn’t hesitate about it. He said it was just fine,” Fox said.
Fox said he reached out to a friend, Caitlin Leos of Jade Rose Designs, to inquire about creating a decal.
“Robert Fox had asked me if I would be interested (in making the decals),” said Leos. “He was asking me my opinion on doing it and what was done, and I gladly jumped on the opportunity. Robert and I worked together to find the perfect font; there’s like 5 million different fonts and the location (on the car) where it would go and how he wanted it to be. It really was Robert Fox’s idea and I just helped put it into place.”
“This is a message that is real near and dear to me,” Fox said. “I reached out to Caitlin, and she didn’t hesitate and donated those to us.”
Williams said placing the decal on a patrol unit is up to each officer’s discretion.
“I see it as an opportunity for officers to express their beliefs,” Williams said. “It also brings a feeling of unity and brotherhood a step closer. It’s an expression of one’s belief. It isn’t that we’re not open to all religions.”
Williams said all of the department’s officers chose to place the decal on their units.
“The stress of this job, when added with the threat of being attacked for no reason is hard on people. When they are stressed, they seek God,” he added. “It’s asking God to watch out for you.”
“As a Christian, I place that trust in God when I go out. If I come home, it’s His will,” said Fox. “So the words have a lot of meaning to me, and it means a lot to be able to place it on our cars.”
Williams said the decal wasn’t intended to send a message to the community. It was simply a reflection of the officer’s beliefs. Officers in law enforcement agencies across the country began placing similar decals on patrol units in the wake of heightened violence against police.
Fox said he believes the decal sends a message to the public that “police officers are human.”
“Random violence (against police) is very real. Even small departments have to take that threat seriously,” he said. The decal “lets people know we’re human. We have moms, wives, husbands, children that we want to make it home to.
“But we (officers) did ask ourselves what will be the community’s take on this? There are always naysayers, people getting mad over something. He said he had seen some negative response to the practice in other communities, but the response in Liberty Hill has been strictly positive.
Fox said when he posted news of the decal on the Liberty Hill Police Officers Association’s Facebook page, the interest was great and the response was very positive. Leos said she does graphic design work and is building her clientele. She said she was excited for the opportunity to help Liberty Hill police.
“It was huge. It’s really so cool to me that I’m going to be able to drive down the road and see it (the decal) on cop cars. He (Fox) put it on the police (LHPOA) Facebook page and he texted me last night and said we had 10,000 views and countless amounts of shares. I’m very proud to even have the opportunity,” she said.
Leos said she started her business after she wasn’t able to find party supplies for her daughter’s Mine Craft-themed birthday party.
“My daughter wanted a Mine Craft-themed birthday party. You can go into the store and buy all these different party supplies or what not. With her little Mine Craft party I couldn’t find anything,” she said. “I needed the supplies for the machine and everything to do my own stuff. I was still working full time and found some different ideas and was able to make her party supplies and it took off from there. I put it on a Facebook sales site and got a lot of hits off it. I ship things to Illinois and North Carolina and California, all over the place.”
Staff Writer Christine Bolaños contributed to this story