On January 20, 2021, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. The election of the first woman, the first African American and the first Indian American woman as Vice President was a historic moment for America.

Vice President Harris’s monumental victory is the clearest evidence yet for both young Black girls and women of color everywhere that they can achieve anything if they work hard enough. Her victory will undoubtedly create more opportunities for more women leaders to rise, and more diversity in leadership positions, and employment and business opportunities.

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As we recover from the unprecedented attack on our Capitol, our democracy, and our fellow brothers and sisters in arms who valiantly defended their stations, we must now also stand ready for any other attacks of domestic terrorism that may occur in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20.

Last week’s violent riot, vandalism and looting of the literal heart of the American democratic process by thousands of people inflamed and encouraged by President Donald Trump was shocking – but not surprising. It was just the latest, most despicable example yet of how this president has sought to divide this country and destroy tradition. The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy.

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Deputies from the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office will be on-hand at two prescription medication collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The officers will assist the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Takeback Initiative, which asks people to drop off expired, or unwanted prescription medications, no questions asked, at the District Office of Council President Darrell Clarke (2815 Ridge Avenue) and at the 18th Street Apothecary Pharmacy (113 S. 18th Street.).

Proper disposal helps to avoid misuse, abuse and overdoses of these drugs often stored in home medicine cabinets. They are a leading cause of accidental poisoning for children and may also be harmful for adults. Flushed or trashed medications can end up polluting our waters. Any medications collected will be safely disposed of or destroyed by the DEA.

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By action taken by City Council, certain fees imposed by the Sheriff’s Office will increase on May 1, 2017. These fees have not been modified since 1997 and are designed to reflect the current cost of services provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

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This Valentine’s Day give a real gift of love – a gun lock says Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams.

Please don’t keep an unlocked gun where children can find it and accidently shoot it. Carelessness like that results in death caused by a child at least once every other day in the United States. Last year one four-year-old found a gun that slid from under the seat of the car his mother was driving. It was loaded and he shot and killed her.

So think about protecting your loved ones….and pick up a free gun lock at Sheriff Jewell Williams’ Office in the Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad Street – 5th Floor. No questions asked!

We are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Got a Gun – Get a Lock

The majority of unintentional shooting deaths involve children playing with a loaded, unlocked gun in the home.

November is Child Safety & Prevention Month.  Every day we adults are responsible for the safety of our children.

In August City Council President Darrell Clarke and I kicked off the Got a Gun – Get a Lock initiative to encourage every gun owner that has children living with them to make sure that guns are securely locked up.

I encourage you to check out the above video and if you have a gun at home please stop by my office at the Land Title Building at 100 S. Broad Street on the 5th Floor and pick up a free gun lock. No questions asked.

As adults we must lead by example.

Sheriff Jewell Williams and Philadelphia City Council President Darell L. Clarke have been promoting the use of gun locks over the past several weeks as part of their joint gun lock safety initiative, #GotAGunGetALock, to help avoid tragedies like this:

From Philly.com:

Two-year-old Benjamin Smith told his father he was going to watch Winnie the Pooh. He went into a bedroom to turn on the TV. A few minutes passed.

Then, a bang.

The boy, police said, picked up a .45 caliber handgun that his father kept loaded on a nightstand and accidentally shot himself. He died just before midnight Sept. 12.

On Wednesday, the father, Nicholas Wyllie, 26, of Quakertown, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned at District Court in Perkasie.

"This is a terribly tragic death, and the worst part about it is it was 100 percent avoidable," Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said outside the courtroom.

Click here to learn more about Sheriff Jewell Williams's gun lock program.

The compelling theme of “Got a gun? Get a lock” is resonating with many people who are requesting gun locks—no questions asked—from the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City & County.

“It’s great that we are getting this kind of response,” said Sheriff Jewell Williams. “The number one reason we have joined with City Council President Darrell Clarke and the District Attorney’s office is to get ANY gun in a household securely locked for safety reasons”.

Since the gun lock campaign kicked off at Temple University earlier this month, there have been several events, including a peace march in conjunction with Deliverance Evangelistic Church at 23rd & Lehigh Avenue, in which the sheriff and other elected officials literally handed out gun locks themselves.”

“It’s important that the people see leadership in a leadership role,” said Councilman Clarke recently on the “The Roundup,” the monthly radio show hosted by Sheriff Williams on WURD.

To receive a gun lock, you can either pick one up at the front desk of the sheriff’s office on the 5th Floor of 100 S. Broad street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or call our hotline number at 215-686-3572. Leave your name, number and address and someone from the sheriff’s office will quickly be in touch with you.

“We transport more than 500 people per day back and forth between the courts and the prisons,” said Sheriff Williams, “and many are charged with crimes involving guns. Before anger gets to a point of reaching for a gun, if that gun is in a lock, it provides at least a few seconds for an individual to change their mind about firing that weapon, and makes it almost impossible to fire if found, and handled by a child. Got a gun—get a lock”.

A bill was recently enacted by City Council entitled the “Responsibility to Avoid Possession and Discharge of Firearms by Children” act (introduced by Council President Clarke) that requires all firearms in homes with children under the age of 18 to be kept unloaded and stored in a locked container, with the ammunition in a separate locked container. The exception would be when the firearm or ammunition is in the "immediate control" of a person with a license to carry a gun.

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