As part of Hastings Reads, members of the Hastings Police Department met with students at Hastings High School on Monday, Feb. 11, for hour-long "Circle Conversations" that allowed students to ask officers questions and talk with them about what is on their minds, a press release from the department said.

Over 50 students joined in on the session. Students asked officers questions about traffic stop protocol, media bias, challenges, ethics and other job-related issues.

"We are extremely pleased with the turnout of kids at this event and with the amount of engagement it generated from them," Police Chief Bryan Schafer said in the press release. "While some school districts in our nation want cops out of their schools, we are thankful to partner with the Hastings School District to have a thoughtful presence in the schools. We want to be visible and present so we can continue to foster trust and open communication with students."

Schafer added that this was a great opportunity for police to hear what young Hastings residents think about police issues.

The next Hastings Reads event is a book discussion for middle school students from 2:45-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. The event, held at the Hastings Middle School media center, will give students a chance to discuss the middle school aged pick, "Posted" by John David Anderson. Other future events for Hastings Reads can be found at