Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $97,500)
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff will use funding for this project to establish a contract with an outsourcing vendor, adopt the project design and implement a productivity improvement project. The project team will identify bottlenecks and the waste inherent in the production system to create a process where samples/evidence flow through the laboratory in an efficient and proficient manner. The findings of the team, along with the resolution using LLS will contribute to an increase in operational efficiency within the Biology Unit. In addition, the organizational culture will change to one of identifying problems and finding solutions to those problems. Quality of the work product will increase by designing quality checks throughout the process and by having all staff members perform their work in a similar standard way. Finally, the morale within the participating section will increase by creating a positive teamwork atmosphere and each employee performing at the designed level.