February 4, 2014
The patch of the Anoka County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office represents the unique qualities of the area it serves. The oak tree on the left symbolizes the county’s suburban development and pleasant communities, while the skyline signifies its relationship with nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul. The two rivers—the Rum and Mississippi—denote the city of Anoka, founded in 1844 at the site of their confluence. The jack-o-lantern also represents the city, which is the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World” because it hosted one of the first Halloween parades in the United States in 1920. The cattails and corn on either side of the two rivers symbolize the undeveloped, recreational, and agricultural areas of Anoka County.