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Hastings Police Department participating in Pink Patch Project

The officers of the Hastings Police Department will be wearing special badges for the month of October to show support for cancer research. Submitted photo

For the month of October, the Hastings Police Department will be participating in the Pink Patch Project to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.

Officers in the department will be able to purchase the special patches and wear them for the month.

The project, which started in California, aims to raise awareness around the importance of early detection and intervention as well as raise money for cancer research.

HPD is the second department in Minnesota to participate in the project.

The Hastings initiative was made possible by a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign was started by Officer Whitney Rinowski, who lost her mother to breast cancer in 2014.

Rinowski found out about the project through colleagues in California and worked closely with Sgt. Jeremiah Simonson of the Rosemount Police Department, who successfully started the initiative there.

It only took four days for HPD to reach their goal of $600 when the GoFundMe page was started at the beginning of September. As of today, they have raised over $700 and donations are still actively coming in, according to Rinowski.

Keepsake patches for the public are available to purchase for $10. All proceeds from patch sales will go toward funding cancer research.

Community members in Hastings can purchase a patch at Hastings City Hall, the police station, United Way of Hastings and at Spool House.