The Sheriff takes the Pledge against Domestic Violence

Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams takes the Pledge against Domestic Violence at the 8th Annual iPLEDGE press conference on Thursday, October 8 in Love Park hosted by Women Against Abuse.

"I Pledge to raise my voice against violence," said Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (center at podium) and Sheriff Jewell Williams (to right of Hughes) along with hundreds of participants.

Also participating:  Councilwoman Marion Tasco (right of Williams), Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez (left of Senator Hughes) and newly elected State Represenative Jooanna McClinton to right of Quinones Sanchez.

Sheriff's Office Closed for Papal Visit

The Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff will be closed on Wednesday, September 23rd through Monday, September 28th due to the restrictions being enforced for the Papal Visit. 

Sheriff Office Announces New Start Time for All Foreclosure Sales


The Office of the Sheriff announced today a change to the Monthly Foreclosure Sales held in the First District Plaza building at 3801 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Starting January 5,2016, “ALL SALES”  will start at 9AM.

This will allow us to accommodate the increase in properties being brought to sale and provide us the opportunity to close out the sale processes by the end of the business day.


Sheriff Jewell Williams visited a first grade class at Albert Greenfield Elementary School for Career Day today.

During his visit, Sheriff Williams inducted the first graders in to his Deputy Sheriff's Posse and asked the students to take an anti-bullying pledge.

Sheriff Jewell Williams Looks Forward to Continued Progress in 2015

The year 2014 brought many positive changes to the office, including a trend of progress and technological advancements that have expanded our services and made the office as user-friendly as possible.

We made significant increases in not only the amount of writs satisfied, but the time it takes to have one processed is now down to 15 minutes—an extraordinary accomplishment thanks to our new computing system and advanced training.

Our Defendant Asset Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) has returned close to $2 million to those owed money from property sold at a sheriff sale, and we even kicked off a radio show—“The Sheriff’s Roundup”—on WURD-AM that airs the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m.

Our topics have ranged from informing consumers about holiday scams and illegal lockouts and evictions, to how to apply for funds that may be owed from the sheriff sale of a property.

Our presence in the community has increased to include not only workshops and seminars, but also issuing Sheriff Clean Block Certificates to Block Captains across the city in conjunction with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC).

We also presented special Sheriff Clean Block Awards to the First, Second, and Third Place winners of PMBC’s annual Clean Block Contest.

In our continuing efforts to both serve and educate the public, we’ve created special brochures and handouts that explain everything from what to do when you are faced with an eviction from an apartment or residence that has been ordered sold at sheriff sale.

We also sponsored a series of stories on the changing urban landscape spurred by unprecedented amounts of gentrification that ran as a supplement in the Philadelphia Daily News.  It included invaluable information on this office, as well as referrals on grants to maintain your home, modify a mortgage, and even monetary support to help you through a rough period and keep your mortgage payments current.

Towards the end of the year our Bike Unit, under the leadership of Lieutenant Michael Bastone, started a toy drive to benefit children spending their holidays being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (CHOP).

The caravan to CHOP included a Sheriff’s Van that normally transports prisoners back and forth from area prisons to court.  It was literally filled from top to bottom, back to front, with donated toys.

It was a good way to end the year, and a perfect statement about the kind of commitment to community and duty in which this office has evolved.

I personally look forward to 2015 because we have set a solid foundation for the year by creating the positive momentum in 2014.

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