State Patrol Issues Last Crown Vic

Just as we face the prospect of a number of troopers retiring in the near future, we have a lot of Crown Vics that are also ready for retirement, that means our fleet section will be outfitting new cars at a rate we’ve not seen before. – Assistant Chief James Lever

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.