Henrico Police hiding painted rocks to connect with the community

HENRICO, Va. (WRIC)  —  Henrico Police are trying a trendy new way to connect with the community. Officers are hiding painted rocks in local parks.

“We don’t want to make it too hard, but we don’t want to make it too easy either,” explained Lieutenant Chris Garrett as he searched for the perfect spot to drop two stones in Dorey Park.

Police plan to hide ten rocks over five weeks time and offer clues to their locations on the department’s Facebook page.

They hope families will venture out into their local parks, find the rocks and share their adventures on social media.

“So we’re hoping they’ll get the pictures, we’ll post them. We’ll share. They’ll share. RVA Rocks will be involved. The county parks involved. It’s kind of a win-win all the way around,” adds Lt. Garrett.

RVA Rocks is a Facebook group with nearly 15,000 members. They are people who paint rocks, hide them, find them and then post to social media.

Most rock seekers re-hide the treasures they discover. That passes the fun along to other people.

Henrico cops hope the rocks they hide will connect them with the community. Lt. Garrett says, “It’s just another way to engage the public and show the human side of police officers.”

It worked on Wednesday. About thirty minutes after police hid a rock, 2-year-old Houston spotted it. The rock featured a hand painted dog from the children’s TV cartoon Paw Patrol.

“I think it’s a great thing they’re getting involved with the public,” said Houston’s grandfather, Allen Falls. “I think it makes a difference for sure.”

Visit the Henrico Police Facebook page next week for clues on two more rocks.

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