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New top cop announced for Campbell River RCMP detachment

The RCMP and the City of Campbell River are formally announcing the selection of a new Detachment Commander for the Campbell River RCMP, following the promotion and departure of Inspector Lyle Gelinas.

A selection committee consisting of representatives from the RCMP, the City of Campbell River, the Strathcona Regional District, and First Nations selected Sergeant Jeff Preston as their new Detachment Commander.

Sgt. Preston, originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta, joined the RCMP almost 19 years ago right after he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. All of his service with the Force has been spent in the province of British Columbia. His first posting was in Chetwynd where he spent 5 years as a General Duty Constable. He then transferred to Fort Saint John and spent 8 years there, moving up the ladder from an investigator in Drugs Section to commanding a watch and plain clothes section, to receiving his promotion as Sergeant. He transferred to Tofino where he was the Detachment Commander for 3 years, and finally moving to the Island District General Investigation Section in Comox where he is currently posted and living with his wife, two sons and daughter.

Chief Superintendent Ray Bernoties, the Commander of the BC RCMP’s Island District says, “I am very pleased with the selection of Sgt. Preston as the incoming Detachment Commander. His level of community engagement is impressive and I believe his operational and proactive outreach experiences will be essential to the successful progression of many of the policing initiatives in the City of Campbell River and the surrounding communities.”

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Sgt. Preston will be promoted to the rank of Inspector in the near future as he assumes his duties and takes on the reins as the Detachment Commander of Campbell River RCMP.

“We look forward to welcoming our new Officer in Charge to Campbell River,” says City Manager Andy Laidlaw. “Sergeant Preston can look forward to joining an impressive police services team with the support of a number of community partnerships to continue our successful crime reduction initiatives.”

– Contributed by RCMP Communications.

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