California's top cop targets crimes against kids

Jan 4, 2015 12:11 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris is starting her final four years as California's top law enforcement officer with a major initiative aimed at protecting children.

She plans to announce during her swearing-in Monday that she is creating a bureau within the state Department of Justice that will focus on crimes against children.

Some of its work will expand on priorities during Harris' first four years, including deterring school truancy and the trafficking of young women for sex or other purposes.

The bureau also will tackle what Harris says are flawed foster care and adoption systems and fight discrimination in schools, such as bullying.

Harris is one of the California Democratic Party's brightest stars and is expected to make a future run for governor or the U.S. Senate.

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