Former Hastings public information officer becomes police officer

Officer Amanda Scott sworn in with Hastings Police after she graduated from the Nebraska Law...
Officer Amanda Scott sworn in with Hastings Police after she graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.(Hastings Police Department)
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 8:23 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Amanda Scott used to be the person the local media went to when there was a question regarding the City of Hastings.

From setting up interviews with city officials to clarifying an item on an agenda to heading out to fire calls to help document, she was our go-to person. But that’s changed, but her relationship with the city hasn’t.

She is still an employee for the City of Hastings, but now wearing a badge as an officer with the Hastings Police Department.

On Friday, Officer Scott graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. She has been gaining the knowledge to be a police officer in Nebraska. Starting Monday, she’ll continue her training with HPD for the next 14 weeks before she’s out on a shift of her own.

Officer Scott graduated from the 211th session and was distinguished by being honored with several awards. She was recognized with the Outstanding Team Members Award, the Academic Award (highest grade point average), and the Outstanding Student Award.

Hastings Police said she was recognized with three out of the four awards presented to the basic class, which speaks highly to her character and abilities. After the graduation ceremony, City Clerk Kim Jacobitz gave Officer Scott her oath of office and swore her in as a police officer for the City of Hastings.

Officer Scott told Local4 that she’s looking forward to serving such a great community here in Hastings.

“I know it’s a challenging time for law enforcement right now, so I really want to show through my actions and continued training that I take my oath seriously,” she said.

Captain Mike Doremus said it’s always great to add another officer, especially to help with shortages.

“I’m looking forward to having her back on the streets to train and get her out there in the community once again,” he said.

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