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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A locally-recorded kids CD available to take out at the Iowa City Public Library includes a song some say puts police officers in a negative light. 

 "We don't want this to cause a divide between us and members of our community," Iowa City Police Captain Douglas Hart said. "because at the Iowa City Police Department, we work every day to develop meaningful community relationships with our community members."

Some local law enforcement workers worry the CD, "For Kids and By Kids: Iowa Rock City, Volume 1" will do just that.

While many songs on the album are about animals or food, one track, called "Hold Your Hands Up" by The Ratings, includes the lyrics, "here come the boys in blue... I think they're gonna shoot some more."

Parents at the library, as well as police, agree - they're just not sure how a song like this made it on to a children's album.

"We get and we appreciate the artistic nature of a song like this," Hart said. "but my personal opinion is I don't think it's appropriate to go on a childrens CD."

The CD was recorded by local artists, and was sponsored in part by Hills Bank & Trust Co.

Hills president, Dwight Seegmiller, posted a statement on the bank's website saying they regret their association with the CD, and didn't hear the final content before making a donation.

Local police want kids to know they're here to protect from danger, not cause it.

"I think that parents that are paying attention will take this as an opportunity to talk to their children about police officers," Hart said. "and the good things, and the services we provide to the community."

Members of The Ratings could not be reached for comment.

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