The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc., the first and only affiliate of the King Center in Atlanta commissioned by Coretta Scott King, honored Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams as a Drum Major at its 37th Annual Awards Benefit Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019. “His humanity has always impressed me. Even though he’s a man who enforces things, he always does it with compassion and love,” said King Association President William Tucker while presenting Sheriff Williams with the honor. The award was “In recognition of your deeds and compassion that have established a new level and trust with law enforcement. The legacy of your stewardship will long endure in the annals of time,” Tucker said. Tucker said he and his late wife, civil rights activist and King Association founder, C. DeLores Tucker, had known Sheriff Williams for many years and that Williams used to invite Dr. Tucker to speak with female prisoners to inspire them to turn their lives around. The event took place at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel and also honored Samuel Staten, Jr. Business Manager of Laborers International of North America Local Union 332, with Drum Major honors. “I am humbled to be recognized by an organization such as the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc.,” Sheriff Williams said. “Since being elected in 2012, I have made sure the Sheriff’s Office stays active in local anti-violence initiatives such as hosting gun buyback programs, distributing free gun locks and staging informational campaigns such as our “Let’s Talk it Out, Don’t Shoot it Out,” initiative last summer. “As a single parent of a young son, I use the same energy in promoting non-violence and conflict resolution with him as I try to do in our community,” Sheriff Williams said.
Wishing K-9 Officer Jimmy a speedy return as he recovers from a minor illness. Get well soon! He’s seen here with his handler, Deputy Ortiz.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan, who was seriously injured last night when his motorcycle was struck in Northeast Philadelphia.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy new year!
We were glad to be able to bring some holiday cheer to some families who benefit from the Veterans Multi-Service Center. We brought some toys collected in our annual Toy Drive. Thank you to VMSC for having us.
Some of our Deputy Sheriffs joined Santa Claus this morning for a visit at the Taggart Head Start program in South Philadelphia. The deputies helped Santa distribute toys collected by the Sheriff's Office annual Toy Drive. We were delighted to be able to spend time with these wonderful children who were very excited not only to receive toys and meet Santa, but also to hear a little bit about what we do at the Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, we joined forces with the First Judicial District to share holiday cheer among a special group of young people at City Hall. Fifteen families were selected among young mothers and fathers under the age of 25 who are having a second chance at life. As a result of their brush with the law, they are not able to purchase gifts for their children. We are extremely excited by this partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, said Terrill Carney” Co-Director of Mentor Re-entry Court. “This is an excellent move, helping young people who trying to change their lives around for the good of themselves, but most of all for the good of their children. The Sheriff's Office and First Judicial District hope to make this an annual partnership, working with young people to break the cycle of recidivism. Our jobs can be stressful, but to see people working to never return to our cells and courtrooms is always the bright side of a day,” said Sheriff Jewell Williams. There are several more stops Thursday in the Sheriff’s Office annual gift giving campaign.
On Monday, Sheriff Jewell Williams administered the swearing-in of five newly promoted Sergeants in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. These individuals recently passed a civil-service test to receive the promotions. The five new Sergeants are: Patrick Bastek, who became a Deputy Sheriff in 2013 and is assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit; Barry Johnson, who works in civil enforcement in the K-9 Unit, has served in the Sheriff’s Office for 25 years; Timothy Waldron, who is stationed at Family Court has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 15 years; Ronald Jones, a member of the Bike Patrol Unit, and has spent 19 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office; and Marcus Morris, in the Civil Enforcement Unit, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 7 years. “These are all dedicated deputies who do great work for our office and the community,” Sheriff Williams said. I am proud to be able to promote them all to Sergeant, he said.
Here are some images from our successful seminar Saturday about How to Buy Property at a Sheriff Sale. Thank you to our co-sponsor @mpdonatucci and business leader Mabel Chan and to everyone who attended from all walks of life. This one was the first seminar to be translated into multiple Asian languages. We have seminars in English and Spanish every month at 100 S . Broad Street. For info and upcoming dates visit PhillySheriff.com.
We are recruiting candidates for Deputy Sheriff Officer. Deputy Sheriffs are the enforcement arm of the City and County Court system. We are accepting applicants with law enforcement or military experience and those without. For info, or to apply, visit phillysheriff.com
Our deputies were out collecting for our annual Holiday Toy Drive on Black Friday at the Five Below locations at 2200 Wheatsheaf Ln., 2250 Christopher Columbus Blvd., and 4640 Roosevelt Blvd. We will be collecting toys around town for several more weeks. Stay tuned for more drop locations.
Sheriff Williams joined @sensharifstreet and others to serve food on Thanksgiving Day at the Historic Jones Tabernacle AME Church in North Philadelphia.