To apply for a permit to purchase or transfer a firearm you must be a Hastings resident and your driver's license must reflect your current home address. Complete and submit an application in person or by mail, along with a copy of your driver's license, to the Hastings Police Department 150 3rd Street East, Hastings MN 55033. If mailed in, include an email address so we may email your application receipt to you.
There is no fee for the permit or to apply for a permit to purchase, but you must provide your driver's license with your application.
Once your application is submitted it takes approximately 7-10 days to process it. A criminal history, Department of Human Services (DHS), and local background check will be conducted. After your application has been processed you will be mailed your permit or a denial letter. The permit is valid for one year.
Please note: An incomplete application will be denied.
When should I call 9-1-1?
Any time you need Police, Fire or Medical response you should dial 9-1-1. The dispatcher will ask you where your emergency is and what is happening. Please remain calm when talking to the dispatcher. Remember, when calling 9-1-1 it is very important to stay on the phone, even if 9-1-1 was dialed in error. The dispatcher is required to verify where the call is coming from and if an emergency exists. If you hang up, a police officer will be sent to the location the 9-1-1 computer provides.
What number do I call for a non-emergency situation?
If you are in Dakota County, call 9-1-1 for all non-emergencies. Dispatchers at the Dakota Communications Center will route callers to the appropriate person to speak with. Non-emergencies include abandoned cars, lost or found property, non-injury accidents, vandalism, and other crimes not in progress. If you are outside of Dakota County call 952-322-2323.
Where is the Hastings Police Department located?
The Hastings Police Department is located at 150 3rd Street East in Hastings, MN.
Parking is available in front of the department on E. 3rd St. Additional parking is available in the City Parking Lot located at the northeast corner of Sibley and 4th St.
Lobby hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
How do I get a copy of a police report, accident report, or other statistical data?
To obtain a copy of a police report or accident report, or to request statistical data, you may email your request form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: Hastings Police Department 150 3rd Street East, Hastings MN 55033.
State and Federal laws regulate the release of law enforcement data. Keep in mind the following classifications when you are requesting information.
Government information is classified as either Public, Private or Confidential information. The City of Hastings has adopted the MN Historical Society's General Records Retention Schedule for Minnesota Cities. This schedule describes the data kept by the Police Department, dictates how long our agency must keep the data, and explains how the data is classified. Click here to view the General Records Retention Schedule as it applies to Police data held by the Hastings Police Department.
Public data can be accessed by emailing a "Data Request - Member of the Public" request form to: email@example.com or by mailing your request form to Hastings Police Department Attn: PD Records at 150 3rd Street East, Hastings MN 55033. Please remember that all information on a report may not be public information.
Private data can be accessed only by the person who is the subject of the data. There may be some information in a report that is public, but only the subject of the data can receive their own private data. Private data can be accessed by emailing a "Data Request - Data Subject" request form along with a copy of your identification to: firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 150 3rd Street East, Hastings MN 55033.
Per MN State Statute 13.82 Subdivision 17, if you are named in a police report as a 911 caller, a victim or a witness, and you feel releasing your name in a police report may be a threat to your personal safety, you may request that your identity be protected by completing and returning a Protected Identity Request form. Our agency will then review your request and the case file to determine if you qualify as a protected identity. If your request is denied, you will be notified. Please return the Protected Identity Request form via email to: email@example.com or return it to: Hastings Police Department Attn: PD Records 150 3rd Street East, Hastings MN 55033.
Confidential data can only be accessed by persons specifically authorized.
If you are a member of the public (not named in the report) and you request 100 or more pages of data, you will be charged a fee equal to the actual cost of producing the requested data.
If you are a member of the public (not named in the report) and are requesting less than 100 pages of data, you will be charged a fee of $ .25 cents per printed page.
If you are not the data subject, we will respond to your request within a reasonable amount of time.
If you are the data subject, we will respond to your request within ten business days.
If you wish to have the reports returned to you via email, there is no charge.
My dog got out and the police picked it up, how do I get it back?
The Hastings Police Department contracts with Shamrock Animal Hospital in Rosemount, MN to provide temporary housing of dogs found running at large. Call the police department at 651-480-2300 to verify we picked up your dog. If so, there are fees you must pay and documents that may be needed before you can retrieve your dog. You will also need to provide verification that your dog has been licensed with the City of Hastings, if you reside in the city limits.
Am I allowed to park my vehicle on the street overnight?
It is unlawful to park on any city street in Hastings for a period longer than 24 hours.
When does a snow emergency go into effect?
A snow emergency automatically goes into effect when two or more inches of snow has fallen. Under a snow emergency, no parking on any City street is allowed until that street has been cleared to its full width. Violators will be ticketed and vehicles will be towed.
My vehicle was towed, where is it?
If your vehicle has been towed and/or impounded it would have been taken to Southeast Towing 651-437-2446, unless the Officer told you differently.
The police department has my property, how do I pick it up?
Picking up property is done by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact Property Room Technician Richard Brown at (651) 480-2329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a date and time to pick up your property.
I received a citation - how do I pay my fine?
You may pay your fine by mail, phone or online. Visit the MN Court "Pay Fines" website or call the MN Court Payment Center 1-800-657-3611 for more information.
How do I obtain an Order for Protection or a Harassment Restraining Order?
Fingerprinting for private purposes (such as employment or adoption) is offered by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office located at 1580 Highway 55 in Hastings. Please visit the Dakota County Sheriff's website or call (651) 438-4800 for more information.
How do I file a complaint or commendation regarding a police department employee?
If you would like to make a commendation or a complaint regarding a police department employee, please complete the Personnel Commendation/Complaint form and return it to the Hastings Police Department Attn: Chief Schafer, 101 4th Street East, Hastings, MN 55033, or contact Chief Schafer at (651) 480-2306, email@example.com
Does the police department offer Firearms Training classes?
The Hastings Police Department does not offer firearms training classes, however classes are offered throughout the state by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). For a list of all MN DNR Safety Classes and training locations, please visit the MN DNR website or call (651) 296-6157.
Where do I get a copy of my driving record?
The Hastings Police Department does not give out copies of driving records.
Please contact Driver and Vehicle Services – Records Unit at 445 Minnesota St, Suite 161, St Paul MN 55101 or call 651-215-1335 or go to their website at www.mndriveinfo.org
Can I get a copy of my criminal history at the Police Department?
No, the Police Department can not provide you with a copy of your criminal history records.
To obtain your criminal history contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) at:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55106
More information can be found on the BCA website or by calling 651-793-2400.
How do I get my criminal records expunged?
Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a record. For more information on how to expunge your criminal records in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Court website. It is important to remember that an expunged record is NOT destroyed. The police, FBI, immigration officers, and other public officials may still see sealed court files for certain purposes. Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.
Can the Police Department show me what is on another person's criminal history?
No, the Police Department can not provide you information on another person’s criminal history.