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Cop carBATH TOWNSHIP -- The staff at Bath Township Police Department don't want to take their jobs too seriously. 

Follow the department on Facebook and it shows. 

A message and accompanying photo posted Saturday has gone viral with thousands of responses. It was reported nationally by Fox News.

"Our philosophy is to just humanize us and let people know we like to have fun," said Avery Lyon, the township's public information officer.

The online frenzy started after officer Michael Lapham, decided to have some fun with Microsoft Paint and a photo of a township police cruiser's unpainted doors. 

Lapham used the program to add the words "Po Po" — slang for police — to one side of the dark blue sports utility vehicle. 

The responses came in quickly. 

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the post drew over 6,700 reactions, 2,700 shares and 649 comments. 

An excerpt of the department's message with the doctored up photo:

"We've found though, that we are still struggling to really reach the younger folk out there. So in an effort to bridge that gap, we've decided to update our patrol car graphics in an attempt to be more relatable to the local youths."


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