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Monthly Progress Update: APD Partners with Community Businesses for Strategic Planning and Process Improvement Training

The Albuquerque Police Department Implements Six Sigma Process

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Police Department is partnering with regional corporations to enhance its training, leadership, and data collection opportunities.

Recently, the department received Six Sigma training in an effort to improve reform-related efficiency. The Six Sigma process is a world-renowned program which seeks to advance the output of any process by identifying and removing unnecessary procedures or defects. The process has also proven to increase overall efficiency for agencies, consequentially saving them money and increasing productivity.

The department is taking the process a step further by partnering with local corporations to provide experienced mentors to APD employees who are interested in moving forward with the plan. The APD employees will be selecting projects that are within their work-group. The community mentors will then assist the employees with bringing the projects to a successful conclusion. The mentors will provide information on how their organizations have improved utilizing the Six Sigma process, as well as the type of projects, and technical guidance.

APD plans to use the six step Six Sigma process to address inefficiencies within the department, improve communication and data transfer with the Independent Monitor, evaluate its data collections systems and identify trend data.

APD supervisors, civilian and sworn, began the first phase of this training on December 15, 2016.