Historical society hosts Talbot recognition event

Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 20 Ralph “Buster” Talbot recognition dinner at the Courtyards of Andover.

This is a benefit for the Anoka County Historical Society’s endowment fund, individual tickets to the event cost $35 and reserved eight-person tables are available for $315.

The evening will recognize the career of former Anoka County Sheriff Ralph “Buster” Talbot.

He joined the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office as a patrolman in 1952 and was first appointed to the position of sheriff in 1960 after the retirement of Sheriff Mike Auspos.

He was elected by the citizens of Anoka County every four years after that until his own retirement in 1986.

Talbot was appointed to the first Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board in Minnesota.

This helped professionalize law enforcement and for the first time, held all departments to the same standards and procedures for handing calls.

Talbot had already accomplished these practices in Anoka County by training not only his deputies in how specific cases were handled, but officers in county police departments received the same training, according to Todd Mahon, historical society executive director.

Anoka County implemented a central communication system in 1964 where a citizen could make a single call and get whatever emergency services — fire, police or medical — were needed, Mahon said.

The modern 911 system did not come to the metro area until 1982.

Anoka County’s mutual aid agreements began between law enforcement agencies in 1968 and worked so well that in 1969, mutual aid agreements were established between the seven- county metropolitan area law enforcement agencies, according to Mahon.

Departments across the U.S. came for tours of Anoka County’s law enforcement communities, amazed and envious at the level of cooperation and shared resources used in Anoka County, Mahon said.

The Joint Law Enforcement Council established in Anoka County was the first of its kind and a model other departments soon began to emulate, he said.

Talbot attended grade school in Coon Rapids and graduated from Anoka High School. He served two years in the United States Army before returning home and working for the sheriff’s office.

Former Anoka County Sheriff Larry Podany will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies as friends and colleagues share stories about Talbot and his impact on Anoka County.

The Courtyards of Andover is located at 13545 Martin St. N.W. in Andover. A 5 p.m. social hour will kick off the evening, with dinner scheduled for 6 p.m., and a program of speakers will follow.

The event is made possible, in part, through a sponsorship from CBIZ.

For more information, contact the Anoka County Historical Society at 763-421-0600.

The historical society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library at 2135 Third Ave. N., Anoka.

For more information on its programs and activities visit www.ac-hs.org.

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