Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Patrol Acreage vs. Staffing Levels
In order to provide the most efficient security for the least cost, Tooele Army Depot’s (TEAD’s) Law Enforcement and Security Division initiated rightsizing. Prior to the rightsizing, the patrol acreage at the Installation was 25,131 acres. The facility was considered a closed Installation with two outer main entrance gates. Encompassed within the closed Installation were 260 buildings, 259 BRAC buildings, 902 earth covered magazines (97 of which are category I & II), 12 above-ground magazines, six general purpose warehouses, and 406 revetments. The staffing levels of eight administrative and 40 security police officers were responsible for the Installation. Rightsizing would enable the Installation to keep the security labor rates competitive with that of private contractors.
The rightsizing initiative forced the review of all current security processes. These processes were then compared to the basic Army Regulations security requirements. The processes that exceeded the basic Army Regulations were eliminated (i.e., changing the closed Installation policy to an open Installation policy, thus eliminating the two outer security gates).
Reviewing the processes enabled the consolidation of related security duties. Currently, four administrative staff and 26 security officers are responsible for the same acreage, buildings, magazines, warehouses, and revetments. In addition to consolidation, utilizing a training module system that trains the security officers during their on-shift duty will provide an estimated $203 thousand in savings over the next three years.
By reviewing the current security processes and comparing them to the basic Army Regulations, TEAD was able to realize cost savings by eliminating processes that exceeded the basic regulations. The review also revealed opportunities to consolidate duties. A total of 18 security positions were eliminated and a $203 thousand savings was realized by implementing the training module system. The rightsizing initiative was essential in developing a basic, but effective, competitive security program at TEAD.
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