To get that job done, the State Patrol has borrowed a process from the business world called “Lean.” A mentor from Boeing helped fleet personnel streamline the process of equipping trooper vehicles with flashing lights, radios, computers and the trademark badge-and-flash paint scheme.
“What better company than Boeing to help us be more efficient at outfitting police cars?” Lever said. “We’re grateful to Boeing for sharing its expertise in Lean and we’ve seen production jump dramatically.”
The Patrol is adopting the Lean process in other parts of the agency, also with mentoring from experts in the business world. The next Lean project is an effort to reduce turnaround time for samples being examined in the agency’s Toxicology Lab.