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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Philadelphia police officers have been instructed to stop making arrests for certain non-violent crimes.

The department said individuals who would normally be arrested and processed at a detective division, will be temporarily detained to confirm identification and complete necessary paperwork. The individual will then be arrested on a warrant at a later date.

FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports the non-violent crimes include the following:

  • All narcotics offenses
  • Theft from persons
  • Retail theft
  • Theft from auto
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • All bench warrants
  • Stolen auto
  • Economic crimes
  • Prostitution

“We are supportive of Commissioner Outlaw’s directive on making arrests during the Coronavirus crisis,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby said. “The directive was released to keep officers safe during this public-health crisis. Meanwhile, violent offenders will be arrested and processed with the guidance of a police supervisor.”

Other adjustments to Philadelphia Police Department’s operations include:

  • Officers from various plain-clothes specialized units will be temporarily reassigned to uniform patrol duties.
  • The “Live Stop” vehicle impoundment program will be suspended until further notice.
  • Non-essential training has been temporarily suspended.

[via FOX 29]