The California Department of Justice performs a variety of law enforcement and legal services. The department enforces public safety laws, assists the criminal justice system through forensic services, investigates criminal activity and enforces statewide firearms laws. It also provides telecommunications support and information services to other state agencies.
The California Department of Justice is also responsible for regulating charities and fundraisers, publishing crime statistics, and managing access to governmental records. There are a several divisions and bureaus within the department. Subdepartments within the California Department of Justice provide legal services to state officers and for state agencies, represent the people of California in criminal prosecution and appeals, and litigate to preserve California's natural resources.