Arrests

Year to Date Through 05/26/2022

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The data below show Philadelphia totals for people arrested by local and state law enforcement agencies for different offense types. The facts associated with each arrest are submitted to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO). The DAO then determines which charges to bring.

  -14%

8,718 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -12%

2,534 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  0%

1,555 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -22%

1,820 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  -31%

745 Arrests YTD

Firearm Possession

All Offenses

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
All Violent Offenses 3,362 3,308 3,114 3,417 2,909 2,880 2,534 -12%
All Property Offenses 2,962 2,915 2,225 2,306 1,748 1,553 1,555 0%
All Drug Offenses 4,669 4,922 4,854 5,305 3,132 2,330 1,820 -22%
All Firearm Possession 509 483 521 663 630 1,080 745 -31%
All Other Offenses 2,731 2,442 2,141 1,958 1,247 1,236 921 -25%
Uncategorized Offenses 2,549 2,453 2,587 2,854 1,587 1,096 1,143 4%
All Offenses 16,782 16,523 15,442 16,503 11,253 10,175 8,718 -14%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Violent

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Homicide: Shooting 31 33 25 49 44 69 65 -6%
Homicide: Other 43 19 37 30 25 24 37 54%
Non-Fatal Shooting 104 94 68 122 111 162 142 -12%
Rape 115 141 151 131 99 110 101 -8%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 163 111 93 121 102 88 119 35%
Robbery 553 550 466 437 402 333 298 -11%
Aggravated Assault 1,494 1,315 1,199 1,377 1,181 1,189 1,020 -14%
Strangulation 0 109 211 201 200 193 138 -28%
Simple Assault 556 537 506 535 423 338 292 -14%
Other Assaults 16 13 17 13 9 18 17 -6%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 73 113 110 133 72 119 87 -27%
Arson 30 29 23 28 30 41 25 -39%
Carjacking 19 30 19 35 35 29 62 114%
Other Violent Crimes 165 214 189 205 176 167 131 -22%
All Violent Offenses 3,362 3,308 3,114 3,417 2,909 2,880 2,534 -12%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Property

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Burglary/Residential 337 366 316 384 303 258 253 -2%
Burglary/Commercial 109 148 120 106 119 74 101 36%
Theft 854 829 752 842 515 408 400 -2%
Retail Theft 799 760 285 116 88 78 91 17%
Theft from Auto 12 21 15 13 22 8 8 0%
Auto Theft 423 337 365 410 344 388 433 12%
Fraud 91 79 53 56 32 40 24 -40%
Trespass 105 77 80 112 114 68 58 -15%
Criminal Mischief 210 264 206 236 200 203 166 -18%
Other Property Crimes 22 34 33 31 11 28 21 -25%
All Property Offenses 2,962 2,915 2,225 2,306 1,748 1,553 1,555 0%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Drugs

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Sales with a Firearm 129 146 106 169 170 259 225 -13%
Drug Sales 2,198 2,209 2,179 2,398 1,686 1,364 1,089 -20%
Drug Possession 2,317 2,546 2,559 2,696 1,238 689 489 -29%
Drug Possession in Jails 25 21 10 42 38 18 17 -6%
All Drug Offenses 4,669 4,922 4,854 5,305 3,132 2,330 1,820 -22%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Firearms

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 215 188 242 281 266 405 319 -21%
Firearm Possession without a License 277 285 268 368 347 658 405 -38%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 2 1 0 5 2 2 1 -50%
Other Firearm Offenses 15 9 11 9 15 15 20 33%
All Firearm Possession 509 483 521 663 630 1,080 745 -31%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Other

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Violation of Protection Order 143 191 213 221 210 187 136 -27%
DUI 1,926 1,635 1,421 1,141 711 814 485 -40%
Prostitution/Sex Work 250 280 206 253 71 1 52 5100%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 90 44 24 38 39 0 27 Inf%
Promoting Prostitution 6 6 5 3 1 0 0 0%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 38 33 34 22 20 24 23 -4%
Threats of Violence 256 222 213 253 179 187 171 -9%
Ethnic Intimidation 3 5 11 6 4 12 13 8%
Disorderly Conduct 19 26 14 12 4 11 11 0%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 0 0 0 9 8 0 3 Inf%
All Other Offenses 2,731 2,442 2,141 1,958 1,247 1,236 921 -25%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.