Drug dealers and scammers in Philadelphia are getting a get out of jail free card, MTO News has learned.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Philadelphia police officers have been instructed to stop making arrests for certain non-violent crimes - including credit card fraud, theft, and the sale of illegal drugs.

The police department said individuals who would normally be arrested and processed at a detective division, will be temporarily detained only to confirm their identification and complete any necessary paperwork. 

The individual may then be arrested on a warrant at a later date - or not.

Also, the police have re-assigned all plain-clothes officers from specialized units. They will be temporarily reassigned to uniform patrol duties.

Here's the report:

"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 the 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-critical training has been temporarily suspended.

- Social distancing between police officers and the public will be implemented.