Collaborative Initiatives

SFPD Collaborative Reform Initiative Timeline

After a series of officer involved shootings, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ/COPS) to conduct an independent assessment through the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA).

In February 2016, the DOJ/COPS launched a six-month comprehensive review of the SFPD, with the goal to improve on the implementation of the principles of community oriented policing practices, transparency, professionalism, and accountability.

On October 12, 2016, the DOJ/COPS released its initial assessment and provided 272 recommendations for improvement within the department. The areas of review included Use of Force, Bias, Community Policing, Accountability, and Hiring and Personnel Practices. Over the next 18 months, the SFPD will collaborate with the DOJ to implement those recommendations. Through community partnerships, organizational transformation and problem solving, the SFPD will continue to work towards building trust and mutual respect between the department and the communities we serve.

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Justice announced its withdrawal from the Collaborative Reform Process. For more information, please see: Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform Initiative.

On February 5, 2018, The California Department of Justice announced its agreement to publicly evaluate and report on the implementation of the US DOJ recommendations. The CA DOJ’s independent review will help the Department in its continued efforts to promote trust, transparency and safety. For more information, please see: Mayor Mark Farrell, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Police Chief William Scott Announce Independent Evaluation of San Francisco Police Department Reforms.

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