Philadelphia, PA -- The Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff underwent an historic change in leadership when Rochelle Bilal was sworn into office on January 6, 2020. The Bilal administration inherited a host of organizational, cultural, and financial issues from the previous administration. Nevertheless, the newly elected Sheriff was up to the challenge of implementing the reforms needed to move forward. Sheriff Bilal went to work on day one by forming a 23-member transition team to review all departments under her leadership. Surveys were issued to all departments to create a clear picture of the office’s strengths and challenges.

Today, one year later, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this office has made significant, quantifiable improvements and accomplishments.

Watch the one-year review short documentary here: The Philadelphia Sheriff Office - One Year Review - YouTube

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Philadelphia, PA -- On the national holiday bearing his name, we celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, more than ever, current events have caused me to turn even more intently to his speeches and quotes. Dr. King understood the power of words: their ability to encourage, inspire, educate, comfort, and enlighten. These words still resonate on what would have been his 92nd year as a change agent in our society: “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win, and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat.”

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Philadelphia, PA – After Sheriff Bilal won the primary election to become Philadelphia’s first female Sheriff, but prior to her transition into the role—it was brought to her attention that many improprieties had been transpiring in the Armory. Sheriff Bilal, being a retired Philadelphia Police officer for 27 years, realized the significance of such accusations and directed the individuals relaying the information to the City Controller’s Office so that an investigation, as well as an internal audit could be conducted. Once she took office, she instructed her Chief Deputy to assist with the investigation by supplying any, and all, information requested by the Controller’s Office.

Further, she began to address issues with the Armory that the office uncovered by her transition team.

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July 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA- Sheriff Jewell Williams has promoted Deputy Sheriff Jihad Ahmed to become Staff Inspector of Public Affairs and has named Assistant to the Sheriff Karen Smith the Director of Community Outreach.

Smith and Ahmed have long been fixtures at community events throughout Philadelphia, as public liaisons for the office promoting public safety and distributing literature about the functions of the Sheriff’s Office, such as sales of tax-delinquent and foreclosed real estate, serving fugitive and civil warrants, prisoner transportation and securing courthouses including City Hall, the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, Family Court of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parking Authority Court, Philadelphia Traffic Court, and several other locations.

“We are stepping up outreach as a response to the epidemic of violent crime in our community,” said Sheriff Williams, who praised both Ahmed and Smith. “Taking more guns off the street, helping people make their guns safe by distributing gun locks, will lessen the amount of people getting hurt and also reduce the number of people getting arrested and going through our court system,” Sheriff Williams said.

The Sheriff reminds the public that free gun locks are available in the Sheriff’s Office at 100 S. Broad Street on the 5th Floor from 8:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will appear at a multitude of upcoming events, such as Philadelphia’s Public Safety Awareness Month National Night Out Kick-Off Rallies including: Monday, August 5, at Fairhill Square Park at (4th and Lehigh), Target Shopping Center (7400 Bustleton Avenue) and Malcolm X Park (5100 Pine Street); Tuesday, August 6, at the Masjidullah, Inc. (7401 Limekiln Pike) and Evans Recreation Center (53rd & Parkside) and an Asian-American Gun Safety Forum on Wednesday, August 7 at 701 Porter Street.

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June 23, 2018 — Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams and the Sheriff’s Office Color Guard helped to lead the Philadelphia Juneteenth parade and launched his annual “Summer of Peace” at the Juneteenth Festival this weekend.

The Sheriff is encouraging young people to stay away from all forms of violence. At “pop-ups” and outreach events throughout the summer, the Office will give away free gunlocks and offer children and adults an opportunity to take a “gun safety” pledge to make sure all firearms in the home are safely secured. On social media, the office is promoting an antiviolence message: “Let's talk it out. Don’t shoot it out”. Citizens of all ages and all parts of our city can help to spread the message through short videos that will be posted on the Sheriff Office Facebook pages.

“We all love the summer: the sunshine, vacations, barbeque, time with friends and family. But I want to encourage our young people to have a peaceful summer and stay away from the conflicts that lead to tragic and senseless violence. So let’s talk it out, don’t shoot it out,” said Sheriff Jewell Williams.

At the Juneteenth Parade, the message was enthusiastically received by a many of the parade participants and viewers: honored members of the historic Tuskegee Airmen, young drill team members, the Masonic Lodge, a contingent of renowned Buffalo Soldiers as well as international visitors to the city’s historic monuments. They will be the first to pass along the message for the Summer of Peace, 2018.

 

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Office of the Sheriff
Philadelphia City and County
Jewell Williams, Sheriff

 

Sheriff’s Office Reaches Philadelphia Communities as Summer Begins

 

The Office of the Sheriff will inform and help promote a safer summer for all Philadelphia residents by reaching out to communities across the city. This weekend, Sheriff Jewell Williams, staff and deputies distributed information about office services, gave away free gunlocks and were present to answer community questions at several events in various parts of the city:

 

  • The Northwest: Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ Community Day in Vernon Park, Saturday June 10
  • South Philly: Pennovation Center 2nd Annual Job Fair, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave, Saturday June 10
  • South Philly: 43rd Annual Odunde Festival, the nation’s largest African American street festival
  • Center City: Philly Pride Day, Celebrating Philadelphia’s LGBT Community at Penn’s Landing

Throughout the summer of 2018, the Sheriff’s Office will make it a priority to get free gunlocks into the hands of families with small children, using Philadelphia’s rich tradition of street and ethnic festivals and community outreach events to push a public safety message: Got a Gun, Get a Lock. Gunlocks have been proven to be an effective prevention device and protection against childhood accidental shootings.

The Sheriff is also determined to help citizens find out more about the operation of the Sheriff’s Office, about opportunities to buy properties at Sheriff’s Sales, and to give residents with questions about properties involved in the Sheriff Sale process a chance to find the answers they deserve.

 

The public is welcome to join us at Upcoming events on the Sheriff’s Office Summer Calendar which include:

 

  • Wednesday June 13, Keystone First Annual Spring Resource Fair, Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel, 11:30am 
  • Wednesday June 13, Council President Clarke’s Seminar, “Tangled Title”, Love Zion Baptist Church, 2521 N. 23rd St, 6pm
  • Saturday, June 16th, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 14th Annual Health Fair, 2001 West Lehigh Ave, 10am
  • Saturday, June 16th, 24th Police District Community Day 3399 Aramingo Avenue, Old Pathmark Parking Lot, 10am
  • Saturday, June 23, Juneteenth Parade and Freedom festival, Market Street Parade ending at Penn’s Landing, 12pm
  • Thursday June 28th, Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Rebuilding Communities Fair, 6pm

 

For more information about the Sheriff ‘s Office, visit our website

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Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Collects $61 Million In Delinquent City Taxes in 2017-18

$250 Million In Delinquent Taxes Have Been Returned Between 2013 and 2017

PHILADELPHIA —Today, Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams testified at Philadelphia Budget Hearings, telling council members that the Sheriff’s Office collected and returned $61.3 million dollars in delinquent taxes and fees to the City general fund for The School District of Philadelphia and other city operations. In conjunction, the Sheriff’s office released an annual report of Sheriff Office activity, which accumulated the total of delinquent tax revenues, returned to the city treasury in the past five years. Since 2013, the Sheriff’s Office has generated nearly $250 million in revenues for the City. Part of this revenue is apportioned to the School District of Philadelphia. The Sheriff is the largest collector of delinquent taxes for the City.

“In the coming year, the office will pay to the City nearly three times our cost,” said the Sheriff’s budget testimony. More than $32 million will come from the collection of delinquent taxes and $13 million will come from delinquent water and gas charges. Other estimated earnings of $12 million will result from fees for various legal services for servicing writs and court orders and a$3.5 million worth of reimbursements from banks and attorneys.

The $61 million dollars in 2017-18 taxes and fees is nearly three times the cost of the operation of the Sheriff’s Office. The proposed budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year is $24.5 million. It supports 408 employees including 314 uniform personnel. 54% or $596,000 is allocated for transporting and provisions for 87,030 prisoners in the care of the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Deputies now secure City Hall; training was completed for a new 40 officer warrant squad and both the bicycle and K9 units were expanded. Sheriff’s deputies served 4,412 warrants and approximately 300 Protection From Abuse orders. The Sheriff identified and returned a record $3.3 million dollars in excess recovery funds to individuals who lost their homes to foreclosure or tax delinquency.

Outreach and advertising served to greatly increase the number of participants in 4 monthly sheriff sales. The office conducted 36 seminars teaching citizens how to buy a property through Sheriff Sale. The attendance at these seminars has increased sharply, indicating more demand for properties and interest in this method of purchase. This year, 19,919 properties were ordered to Sheriff Sales; ultimately 5,936 properties were sold, others were stayed or postponed.

The Sheriff has also committed resources to a critical public safety outreach initiative: the office has distributed 5000 gunlocks to Philadelphia citizens in an effort to prevent childhood gun accidents in our homes.

Click here to download the 2017 Sheriff's Annual Report.

SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS TESTIFIES BEFORE CITY COUNCIL ON HIS BUDGET.   Photo Credit:  Willard Rozier​

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January 11, 2018—In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, many Philadelphians stepped forward to provide aid to the victims of the devastated island of Puerto Rico. On Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2018, a group of these local heroes will be honored with the Martin Luther King Community Service Award at Zion Baptist Church’s annual King Day Worship service in North Philadelphia.

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