Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal, in partnership with Pennsylvania Senator Sharif Street, will hold a summit on Friday, Nov. 5 to engage stakeholders and the community and address the continuing cycle of crime and violence that has beset the City of Philadelphia and its residents.

This two-part town hall, which will take place on Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Esperanza College, 4261, N. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140 and can be attended in person or virtually. It will be live streamed at and on Facebook (@SenSharifStreet). Participants may register to attend via Zoom here:   

The Crime and Violence Prevention Town Hall, hosted by the bipartisan and bicameral PA Crime Prevention Caucus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, will feature city and state politicians, law enforcement officials, and community support groups and violence interrupters, and will be a central part of the push in Harrisburg to direct more funds and resources to making communities safer. The PA Crime Prevention Caucus is chaired by Senator Sharif Street (D-3), Senator Mario Scavello (R-40), Representative Austin Davis (D-35), and Representative Natalie Mihalek (R-40). All chairs will attend virtually or in person. 

“I welcome the opportunity to partner with Sen. Sharif Street on this crucial issue that affects all Philadelphians. We must make our voices heard, not just to let residents know that we are exploring all options to make their city safer, but that we are taking their very real concerns to the powers that be in the state Capitol. If there is a plan to make it safer for our children to play in the park, to make it safer for our seniors to sit on their porches – and there is money to execute that plan – then we need to make sure they fund it.” – Sheriff Rochelle Bilal

“The most fundamental role of government is to keep communities safe.  We’ve seen spikes in violence in Philadelphia and across this state. It’s not just in big cities. There are daily reports of violence that we know is positively correlated with hardship. We have a moral and constitutional mandate to work together to give communities across this state the resources they desperately need. I’m proud to partner with Sheriff Bilal and convene the PA Crime Prevention Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral body that will work together to make our communities safe.” – Senator Sharif Street

About the Office of Senator Sharif Street

Senator Sharif Street, elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2016, represents the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia, which encompasses a population of over 240,000 people in North Philadelphia, Nicetown, Roxborough, Lower Germantown, Logan, Olney, Fern Rock, Crescentville, East Oak Lane, East Wyoming, East Hunting Park and Melrose Park Garden. Senator Street serves as Senate Democratic Chair of the Crime Prevention Caucus, Banking & Insurance Committee, State Government Committee, and the Special Committee on Elections. He also sits on committees for Local Government, Appropriations and Agriculture & Rural Affairs. 

About the Office of The Sheriff of Philadelphia

As the pandemic continues, the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office wants to ensure that Philadelphia residents can remain in their homes, which is why the Sheriff’s office supports any programs that help residents. It is important that Philadelphia residents contact the Sheriff’s office if they believe they have been illegally evicted by someone who was impersonating a Deputy Sheriff. The Sheriff’s office will also continue to host food giveaways and virtual town halls to answer any questions that residents may have. If there are any questions that a resident may have, they can reach out to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office at 215-686-3530 or 215-686-3542.

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