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LAPD Working on Lean Jails

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L.A. Daily News

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.

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It also looks like beyond time savings, they are trying to address aspects of the daily culture:

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“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.”

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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