LAPD Working on Lean Jails
Lean manufacturing, lean healthcare, now….. lean jails.
The LAPD has gone through lean enterprise and TPS training through Toyota.
“Last week, Chief William Bratton told the Board of Police Commissioners that Toyota methods have produced dramatic changes in a jail division once beset by delays, inefficient transportation, personnel shortages and troubles with medical treatment.“
Like other good lean implementations, they are not doing “lean for lean’s sake”, but they are looking for real time and cost savings, as well as waste elimination.
It also looks like beyond time savings, they are trying to address aspects of the daily culture:
“Inspired by the focus on tiny things and egged on to trace problems to their root cause, jailers in recent weeks have reassigned staff members, changed medical procedures, reworked policies on inmate clothing and even reorganized their desks.”