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City of Philadelphia

Public Safety

Vanessa Garrett-Harley
Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice and Public Safety

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.