Philadelphia, September 21, 2010: District Attorney Seth Williams announces the opening of the first District Attorney’s Community Action Center in the City of Philadelphia. The Center located in Northern Liberties at the Piazza will be the first of a number of centers that will be opened across Philadelphia. When the District Attorney was elected last November he promised to make the DA’s office more accessible to the public, while also building essential ties and trust with community members. Mr. Williams believes these Community Centers are a small step to develop those very important relationships. “By opening these Centers across the city we are giving all Philadelphians the opportunity to help us fight crime,” says District Attorney Seth Williams. “This is a chance for residents to empower themselves with information and invaluable advice to make Philadelphia a safer place to live.”
The major goals of the Community Action Center will be to bridge the gap between the District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department, local community organizations and the residents in the neighborhoods where the centers will be located. The Centers will also be essential in fostering working partnerships with town watch groups, local schools and businesses and elected officials.
“These Centers are also an extension of my new plans for Community Prosecution in the District Attorney’s Office,” says Mr. Williams. “Community Prosecution or Zone Prosecution is an initiative that I know will work and will be very successful here in Philadelphia.”
With Community Prosecution an Assistant District Attorney is responsible for a particular area or district of the city, just like police officers are now assigned. By doing this the Assistant District Attorney gets to know personally the community in the different districts. The A.D.A. can then work with law enforcement, residents, local officials and others to develop and implement crime reduction and crime prevention strategies. These strategies will be tailored to each community to address the issues that are of the greatest concern to its residents.
The Community Action Center in Northern Liberties will open full time several days a week beginning in November.