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.

Sheriff Jewell Williams attends first City Council meeting of 2016 called to order by City Council President Darrell Clarke. Deputies from the Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff are on duty guarding all attending the Council meetings.

Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams takes the Pledge against Domestic Violence at the 8th Annual iPLEDGE press conference on Thursday, October 8 in Love Park hosted by Women Against Abuse.

"I Pledge to raise my voice against violence," said Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (center at podium) and Sheriff Jewell Williams (to right of Hughes) along with hundreds of participants.

Also participating:  Councilwoman Marion Tasco (right of Williams), Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez (left of Senator Hughes) and newly elected State Represenative Jooanna McClinton to right of Quinones Sanchez.

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The Office of the Sheriff announced today a change to the Monthly Foreclosure Sales held in the First District Plaza Building at 3801 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Starting January 5, 2016, "ALL SALES" will start at 9AM.

This will allow us to accomodate the increase in properties being brought to sale and provide us the oppurtunity to close out the sale process by the end of the business day.

I am both honored and proud to be entering my second term in office, and encouraged by the many positive changes of 2015 that included even more technological advancements, expanded services, increased community outreach, an an overall transparency to the office unprecedented since it's inception.

We've expanded our working hours to 4:30 p.m., have added an extra day to our popular "How To Buy Property at a Sheriff's Sale Seminars", and expanded our community outreach to include workshops and classes once a month at Drexel University's Dornsife Center at 36th and Spring Garden Streets.

Our Defendant Asset Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) has returned close to a record $3 million to those owed money from property sold at a sheriff sale, and our radio show—“The Sheriff’s Roundup”—on WURD-AM has become quite popular in its time slot of the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m.

Our topics have ranged from informing consumers about holiday scams and illegal lockouts and evictions, to educating people on how to apply for funds that may be owed from the sheriff sale of a property.

Our presence in the community will continue to grow as we take on projects ranging from a read-a-thon in a challenged public school, to building a playground and strengthening our relationship with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) to issue even more Sheriff Clean Block Certificates to Block Captains across the city.

Between neighborhood block parties, seminars, clean block programs, workshops and special events, we directly contacted close to 15,000 people in 2015.

From the visit of The Pope to the The Puerto Rican Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, 2015 was a year for "stepping out" and "stepping up" to the challenges of shaping the office into the type of transparent and service-oriented place the public deserves.

We ended the year on a good note as our Sheriff's Deputies and members of our Bike Unit collected toys and book bags for children across the city--a perfect statement about the kind of commitment to community and duty in which this office has evolved.

I look forward to what lay ahead in 2016 because we have already set a solid foundation for future growth that we've built that began the first day I took office in 2012. 

So, sign up for a seminar or workshop on our web site, or browse properties, or fill out a specific form to help you in a legal matter--it's all here for you it is the goal of this office to make it as interactive and service-friendly as possible. 

Welcome to the Sheriff Sale WebApp, an interactive web application that allows you to browse properties for sale, view those properties as a list or on an interactive map, create custom lists that can be saved for future viewing, and easily download the information.

Searching for Properties

You can search for a property by its address, book/writ number, or Office of Property Assessment (OPA) number, and view all properties being sold at a particular Sheriff Sale. By using the "Advanced Search" features you can search properties by sale status, range of sale dates, opening bid, and attorney.

Browse Properties as a List or on an Interactive Map

In addition to viewing a list of properties being sold at auction, properties can also be browsed on an interactive map. That way you can see which properties are for sale in a particular neighborhood. Each property on the map is color coded depending on whether the property is a mortgage foreclosure sale, or a tax sale.

Discover Details about Properties for Sale

By clicking on individual properties, you can view details about that property including sale date, sale type, opening bid, attorney on record, property owner, assessed value, zoning designation, and more. You can also get a "Google Maps Street View" of the property.

Add Properties to a "My Favorites" List

After browsing through the properties, you can easily add properties you are interested in to a "My Favorites" list for easy reference. You can download that list and bring it with you to a Sheriff Sale.

Create and Save Custom Lists of Properties

The Sheriff Sale WebApp also makes it easy to query custom lists of properties across many parameters. By registering for an account, you can save your lists in the app for future reference.

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