Efficiency a game changer for the city of Regina law enforcement

One person’s trash is law enforcement’s treasure after the city fleet’s efficiency gives officers 15 more vehicles to do their jobs.

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One person’s trash is law enforcement’s treasure after the city fleet’s efficiency gives officers 15 more vehicles to do their jobs.

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“This should be a game changer for law enforcement areas. This would allow individual officers to have vehicles,” Byron Werry, city attorney for the city, said at an executive committee meeting this week.

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As part of a quarterly update of the city’s new Transformation Office, which was established to drive 14 priorities identified through an efficiency review completed late last year, the administration noted that 41 vehicles were identified as no longer needed. .

By also assessing fleet replacement requests for the 2023-24 budget process, the city was able to reduce the number of replaced vehicles by reallocating 15 of the 41 vehicles to law enforcement. The remaining 26 vehicles will be salvaged, generating approximately $506,000 in revenue.

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The city also expects to save $400,000 by eliminating the annual operating costs of 41 vehicles. It will also avoid the capital cost of replacing those vehicles at the end of their life, totaling $2.1 million.

“In addition to financial benefits, the reduction in the number of vehicles in our Civic fleet also provides environmental benefits aligned with the Energy & Sustainability Framework,” the update said. “It is estimated that around 25,000 liters of fuel is saved annually, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 55 tons.”

The agency has also focused on identifying opportunities to avoid costs and cut costs by changing the way the city approaches procurement. Closer investigation has found more than 40 “prospects” to consolidate purchasing.

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For new contracts, the procurement area “has benefited from the Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP) process,” resulting in higher value contracts, the report said.

Between the NFRP process and the identified consolidation opportunities, a one-time cost savings of $1.3 million and an annual cost savings of $120,000 have been found, which will be reflected in the 2023 budget.

A highly anticipated efficiency assessment completed in December 2021 identified 53 “opportunities” across six city service areas for estimated annual savings of $26.9 million.

The consultant’s final report addressed 14 of the 53 opportunities — the wording used in the report — that were found to be the most valuable, and a manageable starting place. Those 14 represent annual savings of $17.2 million.

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At the top of that list was the creation of the Transformation Agency, which was initially to be led by a Chief Transformation Officer. Louise Folk was appointed to this position in March. Folk retired just two months later.

In late July, Acting City Manager Jim Nicol said it was not currently planning to appoint a new Chief Transformation Officer, but the city did hire Louise Usick, former Executive Director of Corporate Services for the Department of Labor Relations and Security. at Work in Saskatchewan. Strategic Initiatives Manager of the Transformation Office.

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