Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I ride my motorized skateboard?
- Where can I get bike licenses? How much are they?
- Where can I get dog or cat licenses?
- What can I do about abandoned vehicles on my street?
- Should I call 911 to report everything to the Police Department?
- Can I get an officer to talk to my church group/class/scout troop/etc.?
- How do I get copies of a police report or accident report?
- Can I get a Hastings Police patch for my collection?
- Does the City of Hastings have a curfew?
Motorized skateboards, which are gaining popularity in our area, are prohibited from being operated on the street by numerous state laws. In addition, City Code prohibits the riding of ANY motorized vehicle on a city sidewalk.
Motorized skateboards, like golf carts, go-carts, riding lawnmowers, and other such vehicles can ONLY be used on private property. If you choose to ride a motorized skateboard on a city street you could face fines up to $1000. If you choose to ride on a city sidewalk you could face fines up to $100.
Bike licenses are available for free at the Hastings Police Department, 317 S Burlington Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please bring your bike with you.
Hastings City Code requires bike licenses on all bikes operated in the City of Hastings. The licenses also provide excellent protection from theft and make it easy for the police to return recovered bikes to the owners. Each year the department auctions off over 100 unclaimed bikes with no licenses.
Animal licenses are available at the Hastings Police Department.
Animal licenses are required on all cats and dogs kept within the City of Hastings. License Fees are as follows:
One year license $11.00
One Year for spayed or neutered animals $8.50
One Year Senior Citizen (55+) $10.00
Three Year License $28.50
Three Year for spayed or neutered animals $21.00
Three Year for Senior Citizens $25.00
Replacement Licenses $1.50
Vehicles can not be parked on public streets for over 72 hours without being used. Violators can be ticketed and towed. Vehicles left on private property are considered abandoned after 7 days and can be towed at the expense of the owner.
911 is for reporting emergencies only. Use 461-2380 to contact the HPD business office or 461-2364 to contact the 911 Center on a non-emergency line. Visit the 911 page for more information.
Officers are available to speak on many different topics related to policing and law enforcement. There is no charge for these presentations. See the Special Programs page for more information.
Accident Reports are now available online by clicking the ACCIDENT REPORTS tab a tht top of this page. Accident reports obtained online are free, however a fee of $5.00 is charged for copies made and obtained at the Hastings Police Department or via mail and fax. Reports are available at the police station Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are charges for most reports. Visit the Records page for more information.
Can I get a Hastings Police patch for my collection?
The Hastings Police Department has a variety of shoulder patches. The current patch was modified slightly in 1999 to include a subdued JRC-17 under the city seal to remember Officer Joel Conklin, who was killed in the line of duty. This patch is worn on both shoulders of duty uniforms and the left shoulder of special unit uniforms.
Special patches are worn by the K9 Officer, Bike Patrol, and Lake Patrol Officers. They are worn on the right shoulder of the appropriate uniform shirt.
Sorry, but due to the large number of requests the department receives, we are unable to honor requests for free patches. The department also does not trade or sell patches.
Does the City of Hastings have a curfew?
Yes. Youth under 16 years old cannot be out from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 12 midnight to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Here is the full text of the ordinances:
18-137. Curfew; imposed; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 16 years to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, play or be in or upon the public streets, public places, public buildings, places of amusement and entertainment, vacant lots or other unsupervised places, or to ride in or upon, drive or otherwise operate, any bicycle or other vehicle, in, upon, over or through said streets or other public places or unsupervised places of the City on Sunday through Thursday of each week between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and on Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, unless such person is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other adult person having the legal care and custody of such minor person, or unless such minor person is upon an emergency errand or legitimate business as directed by his or her parent, guardian or legal custodian, except as hereinafter provided.
(Ord. No. 2862)
18-138. Curfew; duty of parents.
It shall be unlawful for the parent, guardian, or other person having the care and custody of a minor person under the age of 16 years to allow or permit such minor person to do any of the things or acts prohibited by Section 18-137 of this Chapter on Sunday through Thursday of each week between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and on Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, unless the minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the legal care and custody of the minor, or unless said minor is upon an emergency errand or legitimate business, as directed by his or her parent, guardian or legal custodian.