DOJ/COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance
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). CRI-TA is a proactive, non-adversarial, and cost effective form of technical assistance for agencies with significant law enforcement related issues. “The CRI-TA's purpose is to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing long-term, holistic strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust. The CRI-TA offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community.”
Learn more about Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance here: www.cops.usdoj.gov/technicalassistance
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.
SFPD Collaborative Reform Initiatives
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.
SFPD Reform Updates
In February 2016, the SFPD established the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau (PSPPB) to oversee the proposed DOJ/COPS reforms to increase public safety, build greater trust between police officers and the community, and make the department more responsive, transparent and accountable. For details on reform efforts, see below:
- DOJ/COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department, October 2016
- Mayor Lee's Statement on the Release of the U.S. DOJ Collaborative Review Regarding the SFPD
- Interim Chief Chaplin's Letter to the Members of the SFPD Regarding the Release of the U.S. DOJ Collaborative Review
- 2016 DOJ:COPS Collaborative Refom Initiative SFPD Recommendations Response (Status as of 08/31/18)
- SFPD Integrated Numerical Index 11/18/16 (Revised on 12/19/16)
- 17-159 DOJ CRI Report One-Year Anniversary
SFPD’s Response to the DOJ/COPS Recommendations
To view the department’s response to the DOJ/COPS recommendations, see the SFPD’s Response to the DOJ/COPS Recommendations page.
SFPD Professional Standards Presentations to the Police Commission
To view presentations made by the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau with regard to reform updates, see below:
- 5/4/16 Presentation
- 6/1/16 Presentation
- 8/10/16 Presentation
- 9/14/16 Presentation
- 10/12/16 Presentation
- 11/15/16 Presentation
- 12/21/16 Presentation
- 1/11/17 Presentation
Better Best Practices Recommended to the San Francisco Police Department
Within the last 12 months, a total of 479 recommendations were made to the department. For the recommendations provided by external oversight agencies, please see below:
President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
The Task Force on 21st Century Policing was established in December 2014 by President Barack Obama. The Task Force identified best practices and offered 58 recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The SFPD recognized 38 of the 58 recommendations were directly applicable to law enforcement departments.
The Task Force recommendations are centered on six main objectives: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, and Officer Safety and Wellness.
To review the report in its entirety, click on: Final Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
To review SFPD’s Response, click on: SFPD’s Review and Response of the Final Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
In response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Department of Police Accountability (DPA), formerly called the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) made 19 recommendations to the San Francisco Police Department, to help strengthen the rapport between the SFPD and the community. To review the DPA/OCC’s recommendations, click on: San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints Recommendations to Enhance Police-Community Relations in Response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Blue Ribbon Panel
The Blue Ribbon Panel was established in May 2015 as an advisory body to San Francisco’s District Attorney Office, to investigate the existence and extent of institutional bias within the SFPD.
The Panel made 81 recommendations for change including Use of Force Policy, internal and external oversight. To view the report published in July 2016, click on: Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement
Civil Grand Jury Reports
The Civil Grand Jury investigates the operations of various City and County of San Francisco officers, departments and agencies. Between June and July 2016, the Civil Grand Jury issued 5 reports with a total of 52 recommendations for the department. To view the department’s response, click below:
- SFPD Response to Civil Grand Jury Report on Auto Burglary
- SFPD Response to Civil Grand Jury Report on Crime Lab
- SFPD Response to Civil Grand Jury Report on Homeless Health and Housing
- SFPD Response to Civil Grand Jury Report on Officer Involved Shooting
- SFPD Response to Civil Grand Jury Report on San Francisco County Jails
The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Criminal Justice Task Force
Under California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 953, law enforcement agencies must collect and report data about law enforcement stops. The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Criminal Justice Task Force provided the SFPD with recommendations to increase effective data gathering and analysis.
To review the report, click on: Report and Recommendations: Data Collection and Analysis – BASF Criminal Justice Task Force