Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the John F. Hartranft Elementary School to sponsor a Read-A-Thon with Kindergarten to 3rdgraders as part of the Right Books Campaign for the Philadelphia School System.
I was joined by several Deputy Sheriffs and non-uniformed employees who believe as I do that reading is one of the most important literacy tools in our arsenal. Protecting our children and educating them are two of their basic and deserved rights.
Reading not only allows our young people to compete in the classroom and years beyond but can help them explore worlds unknown. Through books they can discover fantasy, experience travel, and insights about the people that have made history in the worlds of science, space exploration, sports and music.
The three R’s was the mantra when I was growing up. I remember we had lots of books to select from. Today too many of our classrooms and schools have no libraries or books which is what brought us to Hartranft School.
We want to see a library in each K thru 3 grade classroom in Philly schools with properly trained comprehensive literacy trained teachers to make sure our kids get that boost when they need it most. And I encourage every parent, grandparent, older sister or brother, caretaker or special person to pick up a book and sit and share the magic of words with your loved little ones.
Wishing you a safe Memorial Day Holiday and let it be the beginning of a Summer of Peace,
Sheriff Jewell Williams attends first City Council meeting of 2016 called to order by City Council President Darrell Clarke. Deputies from the Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff are on duty guarding all attending the Council meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Within the next few weeks, the Office of the Sheriff will release new functionality to our website to make it easier to search for Sheriff's Sale properties. Our new Sheriff’s Sale WebApp is an interactive web application that allows you to search for and browse properties for sale, view those properties as a list or on an interactive map, create custom lists that can be saved for future viewing, discover details about particular properties, and easily download the information that you want.
Easily Search for Properties
The Sheriff's Sale WebApp makes it easy to search for properties sold at Sheriff's Sale. You can search for a specific property by its address, book/writ number, or OPA number. You can view all properties being sold at a particular auction. You can also take advantage of the new "Advanced Search" features that allow you to search properties with a variety of parameters including, sale status, range of sale dates, opening bid, and attorney.
Browse Properties as a List or on an Interactive Map
In addition to viewing a simple list of properties being sold at auction, you can also browse properties on an interactive map. That way you can see which properties are for sale in a particular neighborhood. Each property on the map is color coded depending on whether the property is a mortgage foreclosure sale, or a tax sale.
Discover Details about Properties for Sale
By clicking on individual properties, you can view details about that property including sale date, sale type, opening bid, attorney on record, property owner, assessed value, zoning designation, and more. You will even be able to see a "Google Maps Street View" of the property to get a sense of what it looks like.
Add Properties to a "My Favorites" List
After browsing through the properties, you can easily add properties you are interested in to a "My Favorites" list for easy reference. You can download that list and bring it with you to a Sheriff's Sale.
Create and Save Custom Lists of Properties
The Sheriff's Sale WebApp makes it easy to query custom lists of properties across many parameters. By registering for an account, you can save your lists in the app for future reference.
Easily Download Data
Sheriff Jewell Williams is committed to making the Sheriff's Sale process more open and transparent. That's why we made it easy to download the data that you want as a spreadsheet so you can use that information how you want to use it. Any list of data that you pull up in the app can be downloaded with the click of a button.
Members of the Sheriff of Philadelphia's Bike Patrol Unit took to the streets of West Philadelphia to deliver bundles of toys on bikes and a truck that normally transports defendants back and forth to court was overflowing with bags of toys collected over several weeks by the Bike Unit and other employees of the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County. The toys were delivered to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia for those patients unable to be in their own homes and beds over the holidays.
"We will stop domestic violence," said Sheriff Jewell Williams, "one man and one woman at time." The Sheriff spoke at the 100 Men Rally organized by the Lutheran Settlement House and held at Love Park on Saturday, October 18 in Center City Philadelphia.
The Sheriff urged that people "count to ten" instead of using hands to hurt our women, children or others. "Take a walk around the block, put your hands in your pocket" he said. Punching and bullying won't break the cycle but thinking before you act might. He urged that man or woman who have exhibited abusive behavior or grown up with it "seek help".....we must stop domestic violence, he said.
He urged the use of gun locks to prevent further damage and disruptions to any family.