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HOLMEN , Wis. – A post on Facebook by a police department in Wisconsin has gone viral.

As allegations of abuse continue to be made against police departments around the country, one department is defending itself.

“People tend to forget because we’re wearing a uniform, we too are parents and brothers and sisters and have parents that might be aging. So we’re all on the same team,” said Crystal Sedevie, an investigator with the Holmen Police Department.

Last week, the department asked its Facebook users to not use profanity on its page, so it would be more “family friendly.”

However, a commenter responded by saying that police “aren’t typically family friendly.”

In response, the department wrote a 900 word post.

“Every officer has sacrificed Thanksgivings, Christmases, birthdays and countless other important family events of our own so that we are on duty in case YOU need us to NOT be family friendly on a holiday. We’ve stopped at daycares for visits, given presentations at schools, given tours of our squads and PD, handed out countless stickers in an effort for children to see that we are family friendly and they should know that we are here to protect them and NOT to fear us,” the post read.

The community of Holmen only has about 9,000 residents, but the post has already been shared 1,000 times and liked over 3,300 times.

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