LEAN (Synopsis)

Winnipeg Police Service

Description: As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, the Winnipeg Police Service is implementing LEAN business practices. LEAN practices streamline processes and eliminate waste to keep costs low, while maintaining high-quality services. In 2012, the police department joined the LEAN Consortia Group, an information sharing and business support network run by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). As part of its participation in this group, Winnipeg Police Service is receiving facilitation support and training from CME to assist in the implementation of LEAN business practices.

This review is currently limited to the Evidence Control Unit.
Objective: This initiative applies LEAN business principles to eliminate waste and increase efficiencies in the Winnipeg Police Service.
Outcomes: The initiative has achieved significant results to date. The Winnipeg Police Service has achieved a 57% reduction in overtime and is on track to achieving its goal of a 90% reduction by the end of 2012/13 (as compared to the five-year average for 2006–2010). The initiative has also improved team morale by creating an environment for staff empowerment and ownership. An evaluation has not yet been conducted.
Resources: The costs for this initiative included $6,000 for membership in the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ LEAN Consortia Group (which includes consultation with a facilitator).
Province: Manitoba
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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