Police department shares heartbreaking photo of kids praying for their dad's safe return from work

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Police Department Shares Moving Photo of Kids Praying for Father's Safe Return

Following the tragic Baton Rouge shootings that killed three police officers and wounded three others, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department shared a moving photo of two kids praying in front of their dad's patrol vehicle before he headed to work.

"Praying their father and all police officers return home safely," the caption read.

According to WXIN, the two children shown in the photo are dressed in pieces of their father's uniform.

Since it was posted on Monday, the stirring image has already been shared nearly 5,000 times and received over 115 comments from those lamenting the current state of our country.

"It's sad..." one woman wrote. "What a society we live in where children have to be made aware of that mommy or daddy may encounter someone with a gun an [sic] they won't be coming home."

"So sad... Kids shouldn't have to worry about their parents being killed while they are working to protect people..." wrote another.

If there's one thing that's certain, it's that something must be done to stop the madness -- on the same day this photo was posted, the police department also announced that they are investigating a threat made against their officers on social media.

Learn more about the police officers tragically killed in Baton Rouge:

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This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows officer Montrell Jackson. Jackson, 32, has been identified as one of the police officers killed in a shooting early Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows police officer Matthew Gerald. Gerald, 41, was killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge, LA., Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows deputy Brad Garafola. Garafola and at least two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by Trenisha Jackson shows her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, one of the three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016. Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
In this 2016 photo provided by Trenisha Jackson, her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, holds his son Mason at a Father's Day event for police officers in Baton Rouge, La. Montrell Jackson and two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
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