Arrests

Year to Date Through 08/14/2022

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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.

  -12%

13,742 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -9%

3,984 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  0%

2,411 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -19%

2,899 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  -25%

1,201 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 5,268 5,297 4,886 5,400 4,385 4,394 3,984 -9%
All Property Offenses 4,644 4,618 3,432 3,475 3,229 2,410 2,411 0%
All Drug Offenses 6,605 7,887 7,617 8,218 4,127 3,583 2,899 -19%
All Firearm Possession 721 791 801 1,035 917 1,604 1,201 -25%
All Other Offenses 4,009 3,870 3,331 2,931 1,873 1,917 1,434 -25%
Uncategorized Offenses 3,877 4,035 4,174 4,521 2,030 1,718 1,813 6%
All Offenses 25,124 26,498 24,241 25,580 16,561 15,626 13,742 -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.

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 48 42 38 80 85 94 104 11%
Homicide: Other 62 34 50 46 40 48 56 17%
Non-Fatal Shooting 140 149 126 175 164 235 218 -7%
Rape 178 211 223 206 171 176 142 -19%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 206 168 134 171 147 132 189 43%
Robbery 852 850 704 738 535 486 510 5%
Aggravated Assault 2,353 2,192 1,930 2,198 1,855 1,824 1,602 -12%
Strangulation 0 194 351 343 267 321 219 -32%
Simple Assault 893 849 758 832 623 512 458 -11%
Other Assaults 29 17 22 20 11 27 24 -11%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 120 161 171 183 116 176 132 -25%
Arson 43 40 39 41 48 57 40 -30%
Carjacking 45 44 31 65 50 47 93 98%
Other Violent Crimes 299 346 309 302 273 259 197 -24%
All Violent Offenses 5,268 5,297 4,886 5,400 4,385 4,394 3,984 -9%
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 578 586 480 587 458 381 395 4%
Burglary/Commercial 195 216 205 156 727 122 159 30%
Theft 1,342 1,432 1,208 1,287 762 654 616 -6%
Retail Theft 1,210 1,140 339 153 118 139 165 19%
Theft from Auto 21 32 22 21 37 14 10 -29%
Auto Theft 621 548 583 600 526 564 658 17%
Fraud 127 120 89 84 46 54 34 -37%
Trespass 163 118 115 174 173 111 81 -27%
Criminal Mischief 343 368 339 361 316 317 260 -18%
Other Property Crimes 44 58 52 52 66 54 33 -39%
All Property Offenses 4,644 4,618 3,432 3,475 3,229 2,410 2,411 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 195 229 176 243 230 387 365 -6%
Drug Sales 3,099 3,482 3,421 3,735 2,316 2,155 1,675 -22%
Drug Possession 3,271 4,148 4,004 4,177 1,515 1,014 827 -18%
Drug Possession in Jails 40 28 16 63 66 27 32 19%
All Drug Offenses 6,605 7,887 7,617 8,218 4,127 3,583 2,899 -19%
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 296 316 374 470 383 602 532 -12%
Firearm Possession without a License 401 455 408 547 510 978 641 -34%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 4 4 3 5 2 2 2 0%
Other Firearm Offenses 20 16 16 13 22 22 26 18%
All Firearm Possession 721 791 801 1,035 917 1,604 1,201 -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.

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 250 307 306 350 318 306 238 -22%
DUI 2,736 2,519 2,205 1,681 1,120 1,233 754 -39%
Prostitution/Sex Work 408 493 346 371 71 2 67 3250%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 127 91 64 71 39 0 35 Inf%
Promoting Prostitution 12 10 6 4 1 0 0 0%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 56 44 47 33 32 39 30 -23%
Threats of Violence 392 361 328 380 261 296 269 -9%
Ethnic Intimidation 3 14 12 11 15 29 19 -34%
Disorderly Conduct 24 30 17 17 4 12 16 33%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 1 1 0 13 12 0 6 Inf%
All Other Offenses 4,009 3,870 3,331 2,931 1,873 1,917 1,434 -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.