On Thursday afternoon, I transported a family member to a medical office on Daniel Drive. A Boyle County sheriff's cruiser, No. 7, was parked there. On the back of the cruiser was a small "Jesus fish" symbol, to the left of the license plate.
I am deeply disturbed by this, not because of my personal faith, but because taxpayer dollars invested for this vehicle should not reflect a dual purpose. This vehicle is an instrument of law enforcement and should not be used as a "billboard" for an individual's personal faith.
Law enforcement vows "to protect and serve" all citizens, and the taxpayers who funded this vehicle represent a number of religious/spiritual views and faiths. Even if an officer uses this vehicle in an off-duty capacity, it should not display a religious symbol.