A group of Cummins employees recently received an award for their work with CPD officers on a project to make the police department’s hiring process more efficient.  This group was awarded with the Cummins Components Business Impact Award on May 31.

The work on this project began in the fall of 2015 when the Columbus Police Department approached Cummins employees about starting a Six Sigma project to assist with increasing the efficiency of the police department’s hiring process which can take over a year to complete.  Six Sigma is a set of management techniques that is used to increase quality and reduce errors.

Columbus Police Officer Matt Martindale, Sgt. Curtis Nelson, Deputy Chief of Police Todd Harry, and Chief of Police Jon Rohde worked with Cummins employees during this Six Sigma project which looked at every step of the police department’s hiring process in detail.   By changing the order of some parts of the hiring process, CPD noted as much as a 40% reduction in the time it takes for an applicant to complete the testing process from start to finish.  This new process was utilized during the spring 2016 hiring process and received positive feedback from both the candidates as well as the officers assisting with the testing and interview process.

Columbus Chief of Police Jon Rohde stated “We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to be more efficient.”  “We would like to congratulate Cummins employees Mike Tinsley, Megan Henry, Tina Noronha and Jason Maddix on this award and thank them for their assistance with this important project.”  Mike Tinsley advised “In the 18 years I have been here, this project was the most rewarding that I have had the chance to work on.”

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop added “Collaboration is key to everything we do.”  “This kind of participation – between our city and the for-profit sectors – improves both.”  “We are very thankful for Cummins’ willingness to contribute their employees’ time and talent.”