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Special Report 2019

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come in for the next year's orders, we can just plug and play, putting them in, bolt- ing them down, and moving on," he says. Pre-assembled parts include center con- soles and partitions. As for repairs, officers in the area and anyone in transit can bring their vehicles to the facility during this downtime, allowing the state to reduce its outsourcing costs for this period of time. One of the keys to success for FHP is having a dedicated parts person, Kreiensieck says. is person makes sure parts arrive early in time for pre-assembly, and that there's extra in case of a delivery delay for the next batch. "I can't stress how important the supply chain and supply management is to a production facility," Kreiensieck says. "Without the [parts personnel], you just cannot operate effi- ciently, or you'll never hit your goals." Kreiensieck has honed the process through trial and error— as well as through research. He researched common industries and learned about pre-assembly from another state highway patrol facility. He reaches out for train- ing opportunities from other agencies and private sector shops, which can conduct training events to demon- strate upfit building techniques. "We then take the good and bad and implement what works into our pro- cesses. Process improvement is always a continuous thing," he says. He thinks creating a sense of buy-in with technicians is essential, as well as holding staff members accountable to their production goals from the top down. Finally, he believes sworn officers need to be involved in ev- ery aspect of vehicle decisions. Kreiensieck runs the installa- tion facility from a different city, but he makes sure to have a lieutenant that runs the facility on the grounds there. He also manages contracts used for procurement, and another sworn officer is always available to test and check compliance for any- thing new. "I want it to be officer tested, officer approved. If he thinks it's a good idea, then I feel good about rolling it out," he explains. n i Dao is executive editor of POLICE sister publication Gov- ernment Fleet. Vehicle soɓware upgrades that fit your fleet's specific mission Derive's solutions are designed to the exact specifications of your department. Achieve both the performance and the savings you need. Simple upgrades that optimize idle RPM, shiɓ points, and torque deliver: • Reduced fuel consumption during run-time and idle • More responsive off-the-line acceleration for pursuit • Fuel cost savings and minimized carbon footprint Trusted by the Police Departments of: Port St. Lucie, FL, City of Ontario, CA and City of Lakeland, FL and more sales@derivesystems.com | (866) 688-3048 | www.derivesystems.com F R E E E X P E R T C O N S U LT AT U PF I T T I NG & F L E E T M A N AG E M E N T | SP E C I A L R E P O RT | 7 The City of Orange, CA has been outsourc- ing upfitting of its new police cars for about eight years. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF ORANGE

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