June 7, 2012: The District Attorney’s Office unveiled the newest Community Action Centers in the city today. The new center located on North Broad Street in the Lofts 640 building brings the number of Community Action Centers (CACs) operating across Philadelphia up to three. This newest CAC was donated by Eric Blumenfeld, CEO and owner of EB Realty Management, at no cost to the District Attorney’s Office.
When the District Attorney was elected in 2009 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 Action Centers are a small step in developing those very important relationships.
“By opening these Centers across the city we are giving all Philadelphians the opportunity to help us fight crime,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “This is a chance for residents to empower themselves with information and invaluable advice that will help 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 Community Prosecution that was started in the District Attorney’s Office in 2010,” said Mr. Williams. With Community Prosecution groups of Assistant District Attorneys are assigned to particular districts in the city, just like police officers. By prosecuting in zones or districts the Assistant District Attorneys get to personally know the community in their districts, and are able to work with law enforcement, residents, local officials and others to develop and implement crime reduction and crime prevention strategies. These strategies are tailored to each individual community, and address the issues that are of the greatest concern to those residents.