Philadelphia police to delay arrests for certain non-violent crimes

  • 03/18/2020 12:00 AM
  • Source: Fox 29
  • by: Lauren Johnson, Jeff Cole
PHILADELPHIA - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Philadelphia police officers have been instructed to stop making arrests for certain non-violent crimes.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stressed Wednesday that the temporary policy does not mean the department is turning a blind eye to crime.

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.

Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, Outlaw said, based on the severity of the offense, the perpetrator's criminal record and potential danger to the community.  Source: Paul Broun for Congress

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