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New officer joins Hastings police force

Matthew Hedrick joined the Hastings Police Department Monday. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

Hastings' newest police officer is officially on duty. Matthew Hedrick was sworn in and given his badge Monday evening at the Hastings City Council meeting.

Hedrick was hired after an extensive search that included several interview panels, rigorous testing and meetings with Hedrick's family. His first shift began immediately after the council meeting.