Familiar face takes over as new Humboldt RCMP commanding officer

HUMBOLDT — S/Sgt. Al Presler spent his first years of his service with the RCMP in Humboldt 19 years ago. Now he has returned as the Humboldt detachment’s new commanding officer.

Presler said he’s excited to be back in the community.

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“Humboldt was always near and dear to my heart after working here for the three years I was posted here the first time around,” he said. “The community itself is fantastic and the people are so friendly. It’s just always been a spot I thought I would like to return to or perhaps have it as a retirement place after life with the RCMP.”

With the transfer of S/Sgt. Adare Guest to the Melfort detachment, this gave Presler the opportunity to return before retirement.

“I’ve kind of done a complete full circle and returned,” Presler said.

His previous position was with Broadview, just outside of Regina.

The main thing Presler said he would like to focus on is community involvement.

“To be out there and to be present in the community, visible to the community,” he said. “It’s important for us all to be on the same page and to work on our goals towards fighting crime and make Humboldt and area a safe place to live.”

Outside of work, Presler is a hockey fan. When he was first posted to the city he was involved with the Humboldt Broncos.

“That has always been near and dear to my heart as well, I plan on engaging into the hockey field area for sure,” Presler said. “I’d like to be involved in the community with fundraisers and stuff like that that benefit the community.”

Presler said he doesn’t know what the future holds for him, but he plans on staying in the community for at least four or five more years.

“It just depends on the career choices and aspirations, which direction they take me, but I’m certainly looking at taking at least four or five years and of course that will lead me close to my retirement years if I decide to retire.”

“I waited 20 years to get here and I want to make sure I enjoy every minute of it that I’m living here.”

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