Former resident is youngest, first female, captain for the Hastings PD

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, I just jumped in with both feet. It’s been great.”
Raelee Van Winkle’s comment exemplifies her zeal when first becoming a law enforcement officer in 2008. Her zeal continues.
Raelee was the first woman within the Hastings Police Department to earn the rank of Police Sergeant. Then within two and one half years, Sergeant Van Winkle became Captain Van Winkle. Again, she opened doors by being the first woman to wear the bars of Captain in the Hastings Police Department. The honor doesn’t stop there; Raelee is one of a very small percentage of women in Nebraska who hold the rank of Captain.

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