The San Francisco Police Department will be the first in the nation to voluntarily agree to state oversight after the U.S. government ended an Obama-era program aimed at easing tensions amid fatal police shootings of black men across the country, reported The Associated Press.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his office will oversee the implementation of nearly 300 reforms recommended by federal officials to help the San Francisco department rebuild community trust.
At least 15 law enforcement agencies nationwide had been receiving nonbinding federal advice and technical assistance to improve practices involving use of force, racial bias, recruitment and other issues.
However, the DOJ opted in September to stop providing resources or guidance for the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.
Instead, the department announced the program would focus on tackling such issues as violent crime and gangs to more closely reflect the Trump administration's law-and-order agenda.
"We made a promise to our residents and to our communities that we were going to transform our police department — and partnering with Attorney General Becerra will allow us to follow through on that pledge," Mayor Mark Farrell said.
Becerra, who has filed a number of lawsuits over Trump administration policies, said the federal government should not abandon local law enforcement agencies that reach out for support.
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