Deputy Chief Mitch Yuzdepski – Support Services
Deputy Chief Mitch Yuzdepski was hired by the Saskatoon Police Service as a Special Constable in the Detention Unit on May 4, 1987 after having spent the previous year as a Special Constable with the Kindersley RCMP. He was hired as a regular Constable a few months later and attended the Saskatchewan Police College. In 1994, Deputy Chief Yuzdepski moved to the Canine Unit for eight years. He returned to Patrol for three years and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005, where he became the Administrative Sergeant. In 2007, he moved to the Major Crime Section working in Violent Crime and then Homicide. On April 1, 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and assigned to Patrol in Central Division. A year later, Deputy Chief Yuzdepski moved on to the Forensic Identification Unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Inspector and assigned to Central Division - Patrol. During his two years in this role, he helped develop the Community Support Officer program and HUB. In 2014, he transferred to Specialized Uniform Operations where he facilitated the implementation of Combined Traffic Services of Saskatchewan, the Automated Speed Enforcement camera program, the Police Cadet program and the Police and Crisis Team (PACT). In 2016, Deputy Chief Yuzdepski was promoted to Superintendent in charge of Patrol. In October of 2018, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in charge of Support Services (Headquarters, Specialized Uniform Operations, Central Records and Asset Management, Finance, Technological Services and Human Resources).
Deputy Chief Yuzdepski was born in Cudworth, Saskatchewan and raised in Saskatoon. He has been active in the community by coaching soccer for a number of years and has played key roles in various national sporting events hosted in Saskatoon. He currently sits on the Grants Committee for the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Deputy Chief Yuzdepski’s post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a certificate in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and has completed the Senior Police Administration course at the Canadian Police College. Deputy Chief Yuzdepski took part in the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Global Studies Program – “Improving Outcomes; Police & Mental Health.” He is a leader in advocating for mental health, especially among officers. He developed the Mental Health Strategy for the Saskatoon Police Service, including supporting the Mental Health First Aid training for members. Deputy Chief Yuzdepski is a past president of the Saskatoon Police Executive Officers Association. He’s a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Society for Evidence Based Policing and the Association of Canadian Critical Incident Commanders.
In recognition of Deputy Chief Yuzdepski's contributions to policing, he was awarded the Government of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar and the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal. He is also a recipient of the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.