Texas police want bible verse patch on uniforms

Diboll police patch

DIBOLL, Texas — A police department wants to change the shoulder patch on their uniform to a bible verse to better reflect their values, MyEastTex reported.

The Diboll Police Department already has “In God We Trust” on their vehicles and buildings, but wants to add a patch with a bible verse designed by the agency’s chief.

The verse, Matthew 5:9, says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

The chief wanted something on the uniform that he says better reflects the department’s values and attitudes towards police work.

“With everything that’s going on in the world right now and the attacks on police officers. You know, there’s officers being targeted and murdered,” Chief Steve Baker told the news site. “I wanted kind of a reference to what we do.”

The department attorney was figuring out legal issues regarding the patch, but the department hopes to wear it while on duty. If they can’t wear the verse, the chief will use “In God We Trust.”