DA welcomes Community Action Centers

District Attorney Seth Williams said the city’s newest Community Action Center was donated by Eric Blumenfeld, CEO of EB Realty at no cost to the DA’s office. — TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO

District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced yesterday the opening of a third Community Action Center as part of the city’s crime prevention efforts.

The new CAC is located on North Broad Street in the Lofts 640 building and was donated by Eric Blumenfeld, CEO and owner of EB Realty Management, at no cost to the District Attorney’s Office. When Williams 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. The Community Action Centers are a step in developing those relationships.

“By opening these centers across the city we are giving all Philadelphians the opportunity to help us fight crime,” said 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. These Centers are also an extension of community prosecution that was started in the District Attorney’s Office in 2010.”

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 ADA’s 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.

In an unrelated criminal investigation an alleged drug dealer was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting that happened in April of this year.

Kenneth Williams, of the 6100 block of Yokum Street, in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, was held without bail yesterday having been charged with murder and related offenses.

According to investigators, Williams allegedly shot and killed Vondell Reavis on the 5900 block of Greenway Avenue on April 14. Court documents show Williams has a lengthy history of arrests and incarcerations.

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