Scores of painted rocks have been sighted in front of the Lincoln City Police Department, leading local law enforcement to be grateful for the community’s support.
Most of the 20+ works of rock-art, found in the bark dust at LCPD headquarters, are messages in support of Lincoln City’s law enforcement arm, some with personal messages.
According to police officials, a group of kids –who allegedly painted the first batch of rocks– delivered them as a kind of grand opening present for the newly built police station.
“It started with a handful, and turned into a bunch,” LCPD Sgt. Jeffrey Winn said. “Some local kids made some right after the building opened, so we put them out by the flag pole. People have been bringing them by and putting them out there. I think it’s because when they see them, they leave and make their own. And it’s a growing thing.”
Lincoln City Police said they enjoy the rocks and added how thankful they were for the gesture.
“We feel extremely blessed to have the confidence and support of city leaders and the community in general. We are very thankful for the support. It’s pretty amazing.”
Rock groups are common on social media, with treasure-seekers posting images of their finds on local pages. Lincoln City artists have been painting and hiding rocks for others to find for quite some time. Lincoln City Rocks, on Facebook, has close to four thousand members and is where to post a pic if you are lucky enough to find one of these colorful rocks.
Police shouldn’t be worried if people abscond with the rocks, as “paying it forward” is an integral part of the rock-hunting process. If you find one, take a pic and leave it for someone else to find. Unless it’s a really good one, like the one on Sgt. Winn’s desk.