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Malheur County sheriff takes to the road to boost patrols

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe spends time out on the road every week, bolstering his patrol staff as part of a new blueprint to extend law enforcement coverage. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – As most of Malheur County slept one recent early morn, the man charged with protecting them awoke and prepared to go on patrol in darkness.

Not long after 4 a.m., Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe stepped into the crisp high desert cold for a day that would stretch 17 hours.

He headed off to spend his first hours on duty patrolling the roads of a county larger than the state of Delaware.

That day, Wolfe spent most of a morning driving around the southern end of the county. His actions seemed routine and his patrol was uneventful, but Wolfe wasn’t necessarily searching . . .