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Malheur County’s unease over high-profile crimes needs government focus

Police take cover behind an armored car during a standoff last week in Ontario. Police leaders should move quickly to reassure the community and halt the perception the local area is dangerous. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

The sight of an armored police vehicle and helmeted police officers in an Ontario neighborhood is jarring. For the second time in recent weeks, the community has been disrupted by men who don’t want to obey police and who put citizens and officers at risk. Citizens are rightfully asking: What’s going on?

These high-profile incidents leave an imprint on people. When kids are locked down in an elementary school, streets are blocked off with police cars and people are kept from their home for hours, life isn’t normal. That is especially true at the start of the long holiday break . . .