Prairie County Deputy Sheriff Lorin Larsen stands in front of Prairie
County’s new patrol car. Sheriff Duncan Hedges has been assigned
to the new patrol car, while Larsen will be driving the sheriff’s office
By Kay Hoffer
Law enforcement isn’t a novel notion to Prairie County’s new deputy sheriff. As a reserve officer for the department since 2009, Lorin Larsen’s familiarity with the sheriff’s office has been well established.
But it doesn’t stop there, as Larsen was raised around law enforcement. His father, Gary Larsen, who died in 2003 at the age of 72, served as undersheriff for three years and in 1963 began his 30-year service as Prairie County Sheriff.
“I was raised around it and always supported their work,” Larsen said of the local police force.
But according to Larsen, timing had more to do with his decision to join the sheriff’s office in a fulltime capacity, than his father’s respected work and reputation as Prairie County’s longtime sheriff.
“It didn’t really have any bearings on why I joined,” Larsen said. “The timing is good for me right now.”
With he and his wife Jamie’s adult son, Chay, overseeing much of the family ranch operation, Larsen said he could see he would have more availability to take on a fulltime position with the sheriff’s office. Larsen began his duties as deputy sheriff April 3.
Prairie County Sheriff Duncan Hedges said he is anticipating Larsen’s full time work with the sheriff’s office to be a win-win situation, noting his familiarity with the area, the people and much of the outlying communities and residents within the county.
“I’m just glad we’ve got somebody with Lorin’s caliber,” Hedges said.
The respect appears mutual.
“I’m very impressed with the commissioners’ decision,” Larsen said referring to Hedges being selected as sheriff. “Duncan is super to work with.”
Larsen also noted working under former Sheriff Bill Klunder was a positive experience as well.
“I enjoyed working with Bill too,” he said.
As a reserve officer, Larsen has received an annual certification in firearms and taser. Earlier this year he completed a law enforcement DUI course in Wolf Point. He will likely attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in January, 2015 to receive deputy training there.
As a brand inspector, Larsen also anticipates his services will be of use to many in the community as well. His brand inspecting work will be kept separate from his on duty work at the sheriff’s office. Larsen can be reached for brand inspections at 951-2031.
Larsen is a 1983 graduate of Terry High School. He and his wife Jamie ranch south of Terry, where they have raised three children, Chay, Tasha, who is working in Baker and Shanya, who is completing her first year at Montana State University. The couple has two young grandchildren.