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City of Philadelphia
 

Public Safety

Benjamin Lerner
Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice

Samantha Phillips
Director of Emergency Management 

The Public Safety division is a grouping of departments and independent offices that deal directly with the public safety or criminal justice systems. The cabinet is designed to provide coordination between the Police Department, Fire Department, Prison System, Office of Emergency Management, and Department of Licenses & Inspections. Additionally, the division serves as a liaison to the First Judicial District, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff, and the Defenders Association.

A major focus of the division is on increasing collaboration among criminal justice partner agencies to reduce the prison population, improve public safety, and increase opportunities for returning citizens.

The Office of Emergency Management works closely with the Police and Fire Departments and other first responders to lead a collaborative emergency management program that engages the public, all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters.