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
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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