LEAN (Details)

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Description of Initiative:

LEAN is a continuous improvement model to increase efficiency.

LEAN is a strategic approach to streamline processes based on the idea that the consolidation of processes can lead to efficiencies. At this point LEAN is contained to the Evidence Control Unit. The initial task of LEAN is to build measures and a process for assessment/evaluation to determine effectiveness. The first step is to capture data before looking for efficiencies. This will determine the baseline for which data will be measured. Effectiveness is determined through regular auditing.

Initiative Key Objectives:

Connect strategy, structure, process, skills and culture to eliminate waste from an organization.

Section Responsible for Implementation:

Evidence Control Unit

Key Contact:

Winnipeg Police Service / Service de police de Winnipeg

Groups/ Agencies/ Key Partners Involved:

  • private agencies/corporations

Level of Involvement (consultative - information sharing) and/or cooperative - direct involvement):

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters runs a LEAN Consortia Group—information sharing and business support network.

Amount of Time Initiative has been in Place:

Since early 2012 at Winnipeg Police Service.

Reason for Undertaking the Initiative:

General desire to improve the workplace and seek efficiencies.

Resources Required to Implement this Initiative:

Membership fee to join and receive facilitator support and training costs ($6,000).

Method of Implementation:

Small unit pilot project.

Key Outcomes of the Initiative:

To date, 57% reduction in overtime, 44% increase in effectivness of a process, increased team morale etc. The police service is on track to reduce overtime by 90% for fiscal year 2012, based upon the previous 5-year average (2006-2010).

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Key Messages used to Publicize the Initiative:

Ongoing continuous communication and staff participation.

Forms of Evaluation by which the Initiative will be Assessed:

  • internal

Evaluation Completed or Community Feedback Received:


Summary of the Outcomes:

Feedback has been received from staff members working within this initiative. An evaluation has yet to be conducted.

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Further Details:

LEAN has created an environment for staff empowerment and ownership.

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