Saturday, May 2, 2020

Philadelphia Police Department Changes Modified Arrest Policy For Non-Violent Offenders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WPVI TV Channel 6 News in Philadelphia reports that the Philadelphia Police has changed its arrest policy since the COVID-19 outbreak.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia Police Department said on Friday it is making changes to the arrest policy put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued Friday, the department said suspects for several offenses will now be arrested and 'processed in the traditional manner.'

Those offenses are:

-Theft From Auto
-Theft from Person
-Stolen Auto
-Retail Theft

When the policy was first announced, officers were asked to use their discretion as to whether suspects should be taken into custody or released on a warrant to be served at a later date.

Since then, however, police say several things have changed including warmer weather, an increase in retail theft and an increase in burglaries "committed by recidivist offenders." 

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