Saturday, April 4, 2020

Philadelphia Police will not arrest majority of non-violent offenders over coronavirus spread

In tandem with the City of Philadelphia’s enhanced response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Police Department is making modifications to several of its existing protocols and suspending the arrest of certain non-violent offenses, Your Content is first to report.

Effective immediately, arrests for certain non-violent offenses will be suspended and offenders be temporarily detained for the purpose of confirming identity, as well as completion of required paperwork.

Police say they’ll go arrest the person at a later date … but didn’t clarify on the anticipated arrest date.

It should be noted that if a police officer believes that releasing an individual would pose a threat to public safety, the officer will notify a supervisor, who will review the totality of the circumstances, and ‘in the interest of public safety, utilize discretion in determining the appropriate course of action.’

Police Radio will redirect certain calls for service to Patrol Districts. An officer will speak to citizen via telephone, then, prepare a police report.

.Our mission is to protect and promote the health and safety of our officers and the community we serve to the best of our ability, while continuing to discharge every aspect of our core duties.

Danielle Outlaw | Commissioner, Philadelphia Police

Police Department employees are being versed in best practices to avoid communication of Covid-19 (e.g., maintaining proper social distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing of nitrile gloves, refraining from touching face and eyes, etc.).

“Our mission is to protect and promote the health and safety of our officers and the community we serve to the best of our ability, while continuing to discharge every aspect of our core duties,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.


🦠 ADDITIONAL MODIFICATIONS 🦠

» 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.
» Police Radio will redirect certain calls for service to Patrol Districts. An officer will speak to citizen via telephone, then, prepare a police report.
» Police Department employees are being versed in best practices to avoid communication of Covid-19 (e.g., maintaining proper social distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing of nitrile gloves, refraining from touching face and eyes, etc.).

As this pandemic situation is inherently fluid, additional information will be provided as conditions dictate.


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