Police will no longer respond to non-criminal calls, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced as part of a series of guidelines to address structural inequalities.
According to a statement by the mayor's office, the city will divert non-violent calls from the police to "non-law enforcement agencies".
According to the Los Angeles Times, trained and unarmed professionals will respond to calls that affect mental health, homeless people, school discipline, and disputes with neighbors.
"Over the next year, the city will develop a systematic response plan to improve direct links with municipal or city service providers," the statement said.
"San Francisco has made progress in reforming our police department, but we know we still have a lot to do," added Breed.
"We know that a lack of justice in our society as a whole leads to many problems that the police have to solve. We will continue to push for additional reforms and continue to find ways to invest in communities that have been historically underserved and through systemic racism damaged. "
Breed's plan, which will be launched in the coming months, also includes combating police prejudice and accountability, demilitarizing the police and promoting economic justice. The goal is to limit police confrontations.
The demand for police relief has reached an unprecedented high in the past few months after the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.