On June 27, Sheriff Rochelle Bilal joined Joy Reid on her morning show on MSNBC. The interview comes on the heels of the Minneapolis City Council advancing their plans to dismantle their police department, following the killing of unarmed George Floyd. Sheriff Bilal, who was a Philadelphia police officer for 27 years, spoke on the recent events and gave her thoughts as someone who has been in the community as a police officer.

Sheriff Rochelle Bilal stated that, ”some of these police departments need to be scrapped. You need to look at them and see what they have done in the past and scrap them. All of this is coming out because it needs to come out. These incidents are not new.”

Defund Police

Sheriff Bilal stands with the protestors but also does not want us to forget those officers who have spoken out against the injustice and have had their lives completely ruined due to speaking out. Sheriff Bilal brought up Cariol Horne, a black female police officer in Buffalo who was fired after intervening in a chokehold back in 2008. Sheriff Bilal stated, “if you are about change and don’t support racism, then support those that step up and speak out these issues.”

To view Sheriff Bilal’s interview with Joy Reid, click here.

 

By order of the President Judge of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, all Tax and Mortgage Foreclosure Sales for July, August and September have been postponed.  

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On June 18, Sheriff Rochelle Bilal joined Senator Sharif Street, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Congressmen Evans and Boyle to call for a ban on the use of chokeholds by law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania.

On June 17, The PA Senate held hearings on policy reform for law enforcement. Advocates, including the state N.A.A.C.P and Attorney General Shapiro, who stated "Choke-holds have no place in policing. Law Enforcement leaders in Pennsylvania condemn their use and I support strong steps to prevent them from being used in our communities. Senator Street is the prime sponsor of bi-partisan legislation in the Senate that would outlaw the use of the standard chokehold and any action that inhibits breath or the flow of blood to the brain.

Ban Chokeholds

Sheriff Rochelle Bilal believes that,” until the culture of policing changes, these things will continue to happen. We must speak up, stand up and stop these things from happening. No one should be afraid to intervene when their colleague is doing wrong.”

As of June 23, 2020, The Senate Law & Justice Committee just unanimously passed SB1205 - Senator Sharif Street’s bill to ban the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers and require law enforcement agencies to develop written Use of Force policies backed by annual training and public reporting of use of force incidents.

 

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The Office of the Sheriff is postponing all tax lien sales and evictions until further notice in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Due to the COVID-19 trauma that is happening, not just in the city but across the entire world, we felt that there need not be any undue hardship to any of the citizens of the city who may be experiencing work-related hardships related to the coronavirus,” Sheriff Rochelle Bilal said.

Bilal petitioned the First Judicial District Court for the relief measure back on March 12. The March 18 tax lien sale was postponed shortly thereafter. Two more tax lien sales scheduled for March 24 and 26 have also been postponed.

Tax sales typically attract hundreds of people. In an effort to reduce the spread of the highly contagious virus, which the World Health Organization has classified as a global pandemic, officials don’t want people to gather in crowds larger than 10 people.

As long as the courts remain closed, the Sheriff’s Office will not serve eviction notices or perform any evictions. The agency will also cease serving bank writs and garnishments of any kind until the courts reopen.

The sheriff’s office will revisit the new policy at the beginning of next month.

 

There are no How To Buy Property at a Philadelphia Sheriff’s Sale seminars scheduled for January 2020. Please check this website for any updates.

 

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Someone from our staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible to address your concerns.

Effective Monday, October 7, 2019, the Real Estate Department and Main Desks of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office will temporarily move from the 5th to the 15th Floor of the Land Title Building (100 S. Broad Street).


Please enter through the Chestnut Street side of the Land Title Building, between Broad Street and 15th Street. All business transactions will be handled on the 15th Floor until further notice. Our hours of operation remain 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

By Sheriff Jewell Williams
Published : September 11, 2019 in Philadelphia Metro 


Gun Lock
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in America. 

Suicide can affect anybody, any family or any workplace. Less than four months ago, the Sheriff’s Office lost a member of our family when Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin took his own life in our office.

 

Dante was a bright, outgoing young man who uplifted his community through service and who was devoted to his colleagues, his family and friends. Nobody would have guessed that he was silently suffering with depression. We mourn his loss with sadness about what continued greatness could have lay ahead for someone so dynamic and driven. 


Research has indicated that in addition to preventing accidental discharge of a firearm by a child, the use of household gun locks can reduce the amount of suicide by adolescents with thoughts of self-harm.


A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia report showed that 80% of guns used in youth suicide attempts were kept in the homes of parents, relatives or friends and the U.S. General Accounting Office says that about one-third of accidental deaths caused by guns may have been prevented if a gun-lock had been used

Every day, more than 22 veterans across the country die by suicide, with many of them using a gun to do so. A survey of veterans treated for mental health care by the Veteran Health Administration showed that 68 percent would want the VA to offer gun locks to veterans who own firearms


The Sheriff’s Office began to distribute free gun locks in 2016, in hopes of reducing violence, accidental deaths or injuries among children and to deter suicide. We continue to give away gun locks at nearly 100 community events per year. We distributed more than 11,000 in 2018. They are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in our office at 100 S. Broad Street, 5th Floor.


We will have gun locks to distribute at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Art Museum where a crew of officers and staff from the Sheriff’s Office plan to participate in memory of Dante Austin. You can learn more about the walk at afsp.or


If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.