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.
Deputy Chief Randy Huisman – Operations
Deputy Chief Randy Huisman was taken on strength by the Saskatoon Police Service in 1987 after working for both the Medicine Hat Police Service and the Prince Albert Police Service. Over more than 30 years Deputy Chief Huisman has had many roles within the SPS, including in the Vice Unit where he began collaborative work with Egadz Youth Centre, the Street Crimes Unit, Major Crime/Homicide Section, General Investigations Section, Missing Persons Task Force and Patrol. Deputy Chief Huisman has made considerable contributions to criminal investigations throughout his career, serving as lead investigator on several high-profile investigations involving Part VI wiretaps, one party consent authorizations and agent handling.
He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2014 and assigned to the General Investigation Section and then transferred to lead Major Crime. In 2016, Deputy Chief Huisman was made an Inspector and began leading patrol efforts in Central Division. He also saw an opportunity to continue his work with Egadz and other community partners and establish Operation Runaway, a program aimed at addressing habitual runaways and reducing the “runs” of at-risk youth. This innovative approach addresses the root causes of running and offers positive support mechanisms. In 2018 Deputy Chief Huisman was promoted to Superintendent and placed in charge of the Patrol/Traffic Divisions. During his time overseeing Central Division and then Patrol, he developed critical partnerships and mentored the Okihtcitawak Patrol Group. The Indigenous based community group patrols a core neighbourhood in Saskatoon while maintaining a focus on community safety and harm reduction.
Deputy Chief Huisman attended Lethbridge Community College and received a diploma in Natural and Social Sciences specializing in Law Enforcement. He has completed the Senior Police Administration Course, the Leading People in Critical Times and the Critical Incident Commanders Course at the Canadian Police College, is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and completed the National Tactical Officers Association SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership Course. Locally, Deputy Chief Huisman sits on the Saskatoon Community Foundation Grants Committee, is a past member of the Egadz Board of Directors, and past executive member of the Saskatoon Police Executive Officers Association. He is an active member of several associations including: the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP), sitting on the SACP’s SGI Committee; the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), serving on the Policing With Indigenous Peoples Committee and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Deputy Chief Huisman was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has been married to Darcy for 30 years and is proud father to Kelly. Over the years he spent a great deal of time involved with Saskatoon ringette and volleyball. When he is not working, Deputy Chief Huisman enjoys spending time fishing or relaxing at the lake.