Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the February 15, 2018 Meeting

The following topics and issues are scheduled for the Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.

·       Traffic Safety funding,

·       Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan program report,

·       Board of Police Commissioners Strategic Plan Summary, and

·       Plans for hosting Police Commission meetings in the community.

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media. 

Please note: The meeting times for the Police Commission are now set for 4:00 p.m. in order to facilitate the full involvement of all Commissioners including those whose work schedules create challenges with mid-day meetings. It is also hoped that members of the public who wish to participate in the open forum portion of each Commission meeting will find the later afternoon meeting schedule more conducive to their involvement.

Given the challenges that may occur for some media outlets with their filing time requirements, the Police Commission representatives (Chair Darlene Brander and Vice-Chair Inglis-McQuay) will make their best efforts to be available to address media questions on the morning after each meeting. Additionally, a new email address ( to reach the Chair / Vice-Chair has been added to facilitate enhanced access for the media.


Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, or 306-222-1361

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Approves Thunderchild Agreement

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners signed off on its approval for police services as part of the City of Saskatoon service agreement with Thunderchild First Nation to a Thunderchild-owned property at 1135 Idylwyld Drive for purposes of the creation of an Entitlement Reserve under the Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement.

The agreement was signed on Monday, January 29, 2018, by Chair Darlene Brander on behalf of the Saskatoon Police Commission.


Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Announces Troy Cooper as New Saskatoon Police Chief

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners today announced that Troy Cooper is the Police Chief-Elect of the Saskatoon Police Service. He commences his duties on February 28, 2018.

Commission Chair Darlene Brander said, “We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Cooper as Chief of Police in Saskatoon. He is the candidate who will continue to motivate and engage our highly qualified Police Service while he concurrently engages with groups and residents throughout our city. We found the community leader we wanted.”

The planning process for recruitment, evaluation and selection of the next Chief of Police was launched in the summer of 2017. In early fall, the Commission announced the recruitment process was underway, and updated the public as the process moved ahead, noting that the Commission remained 100% on track with its stated schedule. From the outset, the Commission’s target was to have the new Chief in place by the first Quarter of 2018.

The standard set of responsibilities for a Chief of Police, include: the management, administration and operation of the Police Service; the maintenance of law and order; the prevention of crime within the City of Saskatoon; and the maintenance of discipline within the Police Service.

Chair Brander added, “Our Commission members knew, right from the start, that we were looking for more than the mandatory set of skills. We wanted to find a Chief of Police who was, among other things, a true community leader, who had displayed exemplary skills in his or her interaction with the community. And we wanted to find a Police Chief who has the proven ability to fully engage and motivate an outstanding Police Service.”

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners communicated, on several occasions during the recruitment process, its complete level of satisfaction with the quality of applications received. The Commission can confirm that it received applications that were internal and applications that were external to the Saskatoon Police Service and can also confirm that it received applications from across Canada. Additional information on applicants cannot be provided in the interests of the confidentiality of the applicants.

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240.

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240.

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Police Commission, 306-222-1361 or

Backgrounder on Troy Cooper, Chief-Elect with the Saskatoon Police Service


  • Currently, Chief of Police with the Prince Albert Police Service, a position he has held since 2012.
  • Prior to 2012, served in the following roles with Prince Albert Police Service.
  • Deputy Chief of Police
  • Inspector in Charge, Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Detective Corporal
  • Constable


  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Law Enforcement & Security, Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA), Criminal Justice, Athabasca University
  • Certificate, Police Leadership Administration, Henson College, Dalhousie University

Professional Development:

  • Executive Development in Policing Program, Canadian Police College
  • Senior Police Administration Course, Canadian Police College
  • Senior Management Institute for Police, Boston College
  • Media Relations, Canadian Police College
  • Quality Assurance, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Major Crimes, Canadian Police College
  • Criminal Intelligence Course, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada
  • Commanders Course, Canadian Police College
  • Internal Affairs Investigations, Calgary Police / OPP

Recognition and Awards:

  • Police Exemplary Service Medal
  • Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Governor General Order of Merit – Member, Police Forces
  • Saskatchewan Centennial Medal
  • Sergeant E. Ryan Memorial Award, Police Officer of the Year
  • Top Academic Recruit (Class 26), Saskatchewan Police College

Current Committees:

  • National Police Services, National Advisory Committee
  • Saskatchewan Protective Services Advisory Committee
  • Chair, Saskatchewan Interoperability Interest Group
  • Co-Chair, HUB / COR Steering Committee
  • Regional Alcohol Strategy Committee
  • Prince Albert Youth Outreach Program
  • Needle Exchange / HIV Strategy Committee

Two Members Added to Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners

he Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners has expanded to a seven-Member Board after Saskatoon City Council ratified two new Commission appointments on Monday, December 18.

Commission Chair Darlene Brander said, “Being a conduit between the community and the Police Service is a fundamental purpose of the Police Commission. The addition of two new Police Commissioners enables our Commission to execute on that strategy even more fully. Additionally, this aligns Saskatoon with the practice of most jurisdictions in Canada where civilian Board Members constitute the majority of Board membership.”

Leading up to the expansion of the Police Commission, the existing Commissioners developed a comprehensive criteria list for the consideration of Saskatoon City Council in its review of applicants. Atop that list were: strong connections with the community, a thorough understanding of the policy role of a Police Commission, and demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the Saskatoon community.

“We certainly found those traits in the two people whose appointments to the Commission were ratified by Council yesterday. Jo Custead has been a tireless volunteer in Saskatoon, providing her time and expertise to dozens of organizations, including some whose mandate focused on the interests of the multi-cultural community. She is highly connected throughout all parts of the community and will be very valuable to the Commission in its conduit role. Kearney Healy’s background in developing innovative approaches to deal with marginalized youth is just one example of the expertise he brings to the Commission. His understanding of these types of issues, combined with a demonstrated desire to forge new strategies to address them, means that he will also provide valuable guidance to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.”

Additional bio information on Commissioners Custead and Healy is available on the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners’ website at

Commission Chair Brander concluded, “The expansion of the Saskatoon Police Commission means that we are now even better positioned to be an effective conduit with the community, to gather input from people in the city, and engage the Saskatoon Police Service in discussions on approaches and strategies that ensure Saskatoon is a vibrant and safe community.”

Contact: Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander through the City Clerk’s Office at 306- 975-3240.

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240.

The new Commission Members will be available for in-person interviews immediately following the Public portion of the next Police Commission meeting. 

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Saskatoon police are trying to get to the root question of "Why?" when it comes to the city's missing persons problem

From Saskatoon StarPhoenix, November 17th, 2017

A report presented to the city’s board of police commissioners Thursday indicated calls for missing people ranked second in calls for service, as police predict by year-end, 2,764 missing person reports will be generated.

Between April 1 and Sept. 30, police received 1,382 missing persons reports, 625 of which were female youth and 441 for male youth. Between the two groups, 700 were classified as “habitual runaways” which means they’ve been reported missing two times or more.

In one instance, one female youth generated 40 missing person reports, with two male youth generating 50 and 49 calls respectively. In the same time frame, adults accounted for 312 missing person reports and “very rarely” fall under the definition of habitual.

City police are trying to address the issue by working with community organizations like EGADZ through its Operation Runway program.

An interagency-community partnership initiated by EGADZ, the program offers youth a chance to attend support circles where they can talk about why they run with youth mentors, constables from the SPS missing persons unit and community elders.

Since its launch in the spring, 29 of the circles have been held.

“By getting some of these youth to tell us why they’re going missing, we’re going to be able to reduce the numbers,” said Det. Insp. Russ Friesen with the Saskatoon Police Service investigative services. 

“If we can find out why they’re running, we might be able to help them with some tools that can better where they are, and make them more satisfied so they’re not always running away.”

Friesen said during the last 10 years, the service has “upped” its response to missing person cases and as part of a now complete pilot program launched earlier this year, select officers within a platoon are designated to work exclusively on missing persons cases once a report comes in.

The goal is to have these officers become experts in missing person cases — knowing where a person might go when they run, or what they might do — enabling them to locate them as soon as possible before a case is handed over to the missing persons unit.

This allows police to find people faster and provides more investigative avenues for the missing persons unit if a case is passed along after a four-day period, while providing officers with in-depth investigative experience in the process.

The Board of Police Commissioners will also be forwarding the report and what’s being done to address the issue to Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Social Services.

Darlene Brander, chair of the Board of Police Commissioners, said stakeholders at all levels of government need to be involved.

“It’s a bigger issue than just Saskatoon,” she said.

“Runaways is just not a police issue. It’s a social issue. The more that we share that (information) with the province and within the community, it helps go toward solving that issue. It won’t solve it completely, but it will work toward at least bringing down those numbers.”

Mark Chatterbok, interim chief of the Saskatoon Police Service, said proactive work around missing persons is important, as the sooner police can identify why a person may be running, the quicker they can intervene with a potential solution and prevent it from occurring again in the future.

“Prevention is obviously the key to this,” he said.

In the previous six month period, police received a total of 1,229 between Oct. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 and the SPS is currently investigating 14 long-term missing person cases ranging in length from two years to several decades.

—By Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The Saskatoon Police Service is hoping to make a sky-high investment that it calculates would save the city almost $1 million

From Saskatoon StarPhoenix, November 17th, 2017

On Thursday, a report tabled at the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners detailed how the Saskatoon Police Service is asking city council for $800,000 to purchase a new plane for its air support unit. The service’s lease on its current unit, a Cessna 182, is set to expire in March 2018.

While a full breakdown of cost savings was not included in the report, savings to the Saskatoon taxpayer are estimated at $945,000 over the next 10 years.

“We want to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money,” said Darlene Brander, chair of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.

“When we see efforts being made by the Saskatoon Police Service to ensure that they are investing with the future in mind — and wisely — we want to make sure that we support that.”

The police service examined the possibility of extending the existing lease, issuing a request for proposals for a new aircraft lease or issuing proposals for an aircraft purchase. It determined the “clear course of action” is to purchase a plane, choosing the Cessna 182T, which is almost identical to its current leased model.

Working with the City of Saskatoon purchasing department, the SPS will issue a number of proposals, including, but not limited to, the purchase of the plane, the rental of a secure hangar, office space and the establishment of a maintenance contract alongside a fuel purchasing contract.

The report indicated the air support unit has had a positive impact on policing in Saskatoon. When the air support unit is in the air during an evade police event, for example, police have a success rate of almost 100 per cent in stopping the vehicle of interest and laying charges. That compares to a success rate of 23 per cent when the plane is not in the air because 77 per cent of the time, pursuits are terminated due to safety concerns.

Interim chief of police Mark Chatterbok said the SPS selected an “almost identical” model of plane because it will allow the police service to retrofit its current equipment for the new aircraft.

“One of the things we’re constantly doing is we’re trying to find new and unique ways to deliver our service for less money,” he said.

The report has been relayed to city council for discussion and, if approved, the new plane could be fully operational in the third quarter of 2018.

—By Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

An organization advocating for animal rights in Saskatchewan is asking the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners...

An organization advocating for animal rights in Saskatchewan is asking the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners to take into consideration the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse as its members search for a new police chief

From Saskatoon StarPhoenix, November 17th, 2017

The board started searching for a new police chief after long-time former chief Clive Weighill announced his retirement and marked his last day with the service on Oct. 6.

Frances Wach, executive director of the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said the connection between the two forms of violence should be understood by the new chief, pointing to research carried out by Dr. Phil Arkow of the National Link Coalition, which examines the link between domestic and animal abuse.

“It’s important for the police service to be aware of all forms of violence,” said Wach.

Quoting Arkow, she explained: “When animals are being abused, people are at risk and when people are being abused, animals are at risk.”

The letter, which was presented at Thursday’s board meeting, notes having a police chief with “knowledge and familiarity” of the connection between these forms of violence could make Saskatoon a leader in preventing animal cruelty and interpersonal violence.

“It’s important for human-service organizations and animal-welfare organizations to work together,” she said of the correlation. “From the Saskatchewan SPCA’s point-of-view, it is important and I would hope they might incorporate a question on the link in their interviewing process.”

Interim police chief Mark Chatterbok said the number of animal cruelty complaints that come into the service are “relatively low,” but said he’d like more information before commenting further.

However, when asked if there’s a possibility police officers may be trained in identifying the signs of animal abuse, he said it’s something that might be considered. 

“We have all sorts of training that’s provided to us from other community partners and this is perhaps one area that we can look at for something down the road,” he said.

Darlene Brander, chair of the Board of Police Commissioners, thanked Wach for her submission.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, she said the board is “really pleased to see that there’s such active participation from the community in regards to sending information forward to us.

“We’ve got some good information from the SPCA … there’s a link between animal abuse and domestic violence and that’s something that we want our next police chief to know,” she said.

However, when asked if the the Saskatoon Police Service would be open to forming a partnership between animal control and police to investigate the potential link, she said it would be a decision for the incoming chief to make.

—By Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatoon Police Chief Recruitment on Schedule

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Highly Satisfied with Quality of Applicants

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners today provided a brief update on the recruitment, selection and hiring of a new Chief of Police for Saskatoon.

Commission Chair Darlene Brander said, “The Saskatoon Police Commission is extremely pleased with the quality of applicants that the Saskatoon Police Chief recruitment campaign has attracted. It was our expectation, from the outset, that the strong reputation that has been developed by the Saskatoon Police Service would serve to attract highly qualified candidates. Our expectation has certainly been met.”

Added Commissioner Brander, “The schedule developed by the Board of Police Commissioners during the summer when it established its recruitment, selection and hiring plan is 100% on track and on schedule. The Police Commission remains committed to working its way through the process in a very deliberate and careful manner, given that this decision is one that is important to people in Saskatoon.”

The level of community interest was typified by the strong response received when the Commission launched a public survey in September in which residents were asked questions about the attributes of a Police Chief that matter most to them. The 229 responses were reviewed by the Commissioners prior to finalizing the evaluation grid with which the Commissioners assessed applications.

As is standard in the human resources industry, and to fully respect the privacy rights of applicants, the Police Commission will not be identifying the number, source, or location of applicants.

With the recruitment process being right on schedule, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners remains confident it will have a new Police Chief in place in the first quarter of 2018, as stated at the time of the recruitment launch in early September.

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander through the City Clerk’s Office at 306-975-3240. 

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The Saskatoon board of police commissioners will expand in 2018

From Saskatoon StarPhoenix, September 22nd, 2017

Saskatoon’s board of police commissioners is expected to grow in the coming months, adding two at-large members early in the new year.

Chair Darlene Brander said the new citizen positions will help the board fulfil its objectives.

“Part of our mandate is to be a conduit between the community and the police service and with the two additional members-at-large, we’ll be able to strengthen that ability,” she said.

Ward 1 Coun. Darren Hill, who sits on the board and has advocated for more citizen representation at the table, said a presentation by Brander and police board member Carolanne Inglis-McQuay to the city’s governance and priorities committee helped push the change forward.

Mayor Charlie Clark, who also sits on the police board, said the time is right to expand.

“It’s a good time to add two more voices, two more sets of experience and backgrounds to the table,” he said, noting a better balance between elected and non-elected board members will help ensure the board does not become politicized.

“We’re looking forward to getting some talented, experienced (and) wise folks around the table,” he said.

The bylaw change comes into effect on Jan. 1.

-Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix