Sheriff Williams Shields Philadelphia’s Courthouses

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SHERIFF JEWELL WIL­LIAMS backs City Controller Alan Butkovitz for a third term as the city’s fiscal watchdog. Photo by Rory McGlasson

The tragic killing of three people in the lobby of the New Castle Co. Courthouse in Wilmington, Del. is something the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County tries actively to prevent, said Sheriff Jewell Williams.

Sheriff Williams said, “First of all, I want to offer my condolences and prayers to the families of those killed as well as those wounded in this horrific incident.”

He then stated, “The security and safety of the general public, judges, witnesses, defendants and the accused at the Criminal Justice Center, Traffic Court and Family Court here in Philadelphia are all our responsibility and we are constantly training our Deputy Sheriffs and reviewing our security at each.”

“Unfortunately, when someone with a gun is determined to use it, such a scenario is a challenge for even the best security,” he added.

The shootings in Wilmington occurred in the lobby of the county court house prior to people going through the metal detector. The lobby of the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia is constantly monitored by uniformed personnel who are trained to respond in an “active shooter” scenario.

“We expect to have a bike patrol (two) outside the perimeter of the CJC in a few days, and though we are down in personnel overall, we will continue to keep a uniformed presence in the outer perimeter of the building,” added Sheriff Williams.

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