Supporting Our Kids with the Books They Need in School

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 Attends First Session of City Council

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.

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.

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