California's attorney general announced Monday that his office will oversee reforms at the San Francisco Police Department that were recommended by federal officials after the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to scale back a program that helped departments improve community relations.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the California Department of Justice will evaluate and publicly report how the department is applying the 272 recommendations made by the DOJ under the Obama Administration, reports the Associated Press.
In September, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, would no longer provide resources or guidance. It also advised San Francisco that it would no longer review the proposed reforms.
"When local law enforcement agencies reach out for support, the last thing our federal government should do is abandon them," Becerra said.