Congratulations to our two newest Lieutenants. Craig Palmer and Daniel Greenwood were promoted yesterday from Sergeant. Lt. Palmer has served in the Sheriff's Office for 18 years, and Lt. Greenwood for 13. We thank them for their dedicated service.
Our officers and staffers have had great time meeting community members and distributing gun locks and information about the Sheriff's Office the past two nights at National Night Out kick-off rallies throughout the city.
Here are members of the Sheriff's Office Community Outreach team at Saturday's Community Unity Music Festival in Clark Park. We will have teams distributing gun locks over the next few days at Philadelphia’s Public Safety Awareness Month’s National Night Out Kick-Off events throughout the city. “We are stepping up outreach as a response to the epidemic of violent crime in our community,” said Sheriff Williams. “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 reduce the number of people getting arrested and going through our court system,” Sheriff Jewell Williams said. Schedule of events include: Monday, August 5: Fairhill Square Park at (4th and Lehigh) 5-8 p.m. Target Shopping Center (7400 Bustleton Avenue) 6-8:30 p.m. Malcolm X Park (5100 Pine Street) 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6: Masjidullah, Inc. (7401 Limekiln Pike) 6 – 8:30 p.m. Evans Recreation Center (53rd & Parkside) 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 7: Water Facility (700 Porter St.) 6-9 p.m. Free gun locks are also available in the Sheriff’s Office at 100 S. Broad Street on the 5th Floor from 8:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays.
SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, RENEWED FOCUS ON ANTI-VIOLENCE OUTREACH. 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. “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. He 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 (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.
Deputies from the Bike Patrol Unit received Advanced Individual First Aid Kits. These kits are able to treat major bleeding sustained from auto accidents, gunshot and stabbing wounds. Bike Patrol deputies also carry and are trained to administer Naloxone, the life saving opioid reversal medication, to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose emergency. These deputies train regularly so they are able to stay proficient in these life saving skills.
Productive day for folks trying to learn how to buy property at a Sheriff Sale. We offer free seminars in English and Spanish each month. Check our website, PhillySheriff.com, for a schedule of upcoming seminars or to register. You can also see any available properties on PhillySheriff.com.
Details on the funeral arrangements for Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin.
We are saddened by the sudden loss of Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin. “This is a tragedy for the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Austin’s family and the local LGBTQ community,” said Sheriff Jewell Williams. “Dante was a person who believed in and cared about everybody,” Sheriff Williams said. “He had the highest score on the Deputy Sheriff’s exam when he was hired in November 2013. He was our first openly gay deputy sheriff and we promoted him to become our first LGBTQ community liaison in May 2017. Dante was scheduled to be promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 2019.” Deputy Austin, who was 27, previously served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. We have coordinated with the Managing Director’s Office to provide grief counselors for our employees and out of respect for Deputy Austin, the Sheriff’s Office has closed at noon today.
Today, and everyday, we strive to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our country.
Congratulations to our newest Deputy Sheriff Officers, who were sworn-in Monday by Sheriff Jewell Williams. This class of officers is named in honor of late Sheriff’s Office Inspector Michael Saia. These six deputies are the first of nearly 50 new officers being hired by the Sheriff’s Office this year. The next group of deputies will be sworn-in in June. Sheriff Williams is pictured along with the new deputies as well as Chief Inspector Jennifer Algarin-Barnes and Deputy Chief Paris Washington.
Sheriff Jewell Williams and Benjamin Hayllar, chief deputy sheriff of administration and finance, appeared before City Council this week to request a Fiscal Year 2020 budget allocation comparable to the previous year. Councilmembers Greenlee, Taubenberger, and Domb praised the office for its work in securing courthouses, including City Hall, transporting prisoners and its community efforts.