Arrests

Year to Date Through 06/13/2021

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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.

  -11%

11,388 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -3%

3,270 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  -30%

1,443 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -15%

3,179 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  62%

1,186 Arrests YTD

Firearms Possession

All Offenses

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Violent Offenses 4,547 4,025 3,950 3,738 4,091 3,380 3,270 -3% 4,174 3,620 -13%
All Property Offenses 2,815 2,922 2,843 2,072 2,068 2,068 1,443 -30% 2,860 1,913 -33%
All Drug Offenses 7,085 6,818 6,824 6,617 6,680 3,750 3,179 -15% 6,909 5,056 -27%
All Firearms Possession 420 562 570 565 709 731 1,186 62% 517 798 54%
All Other Offenses 722 547 531 411 571 248 119 -52% 600 337 -44%
Uncategorized Offenses 4,096 3,993 4,067 4,023 4,627 2,677 2,191 -18% 4,052 3,380 -17%
All Offenses 19,685 18,867 18,785 17,426 18,746 12,854 11,388 -11% 19,112 15,104 -21%

Violent

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Homicide 80 89 72 78 103 104 122 17% 80 102 28%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 68 118 117 81 137 113 172 52% 101 126 25%
Rape 158 144 158 172 159 116 143 23% 153 148 -3%
Robbery/Gun 367 364 290 223 198 215 172 -20% 340 202 -41%
Robbery/Other 577 471 504 422 469 371 281 -24% 517 386 -25%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 426 305 306 333 325 347 392 13% 346 349 1%
Aggravated Assault/Other 1,265 1,216 1,188 1,186 1,247 1,045 997 -5% 1,223 1,119 -9%
Other Assaults 1,531 1,246 1,207 1,126 1,301 975 885 -9% 1,328 1,072 -19%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 75 72 108 117 152 94 106 13% 85 117 38%
All Violent Offenses 4,547 4,025 3,950 3,738 4,091 3,380 3,270 -3% 4,174 3,620 -13%

Property

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Burglary/Residential 410 407 380 346 412 317 380 20% 399 364 -9%
Burglary/Commercial 124 127 172 140 132 696 102 -85% 141 268 90%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 3 1 4 3 3 6 3 -50% 3 4 33%
Theft from Person 21 14 18 9 13 13 6 -54% 18 10 -44%
Theft from Auto 231 204 248 210 267 174 112 -36% 228 191 -16%
Retail Theft 1,017 1,001 974 369 178 142 117 -18% 997 202 -80%
Theft 358 367 420 317 345 237 197 -17% 382 274 -28%
Auto Theft 323 448 338 396 418 315 363 15% 370 373 1%
Fraud/Theft of Services 261 288 213 224 227 129 148 15% 254 182 -28%
Embezzlement 67 65 76 58 73 39 15 -62% 69 46 -33%
All Property Offenses 2,815 2,922 2,843 2,072 2,068 2,068 1,443 -30% 2,860 1,913 -33%

Drugs

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Possession 2,414 2,143 2,153 2,473 2,450 1,055 649 -38% 2,237 1,657 -26%
Drug Sales 2,799 2,700 2,999 2,736 3,084 1,997 1,705 -15% 2,833 2,380 -16%
DUI 1,872 1,975 1,672 1,408 1,146 698 825 18% 1,840 1,019 -45%
All Drug Offenses 7,085 6,818 6,824 6,617 6,680 3,750 3,179 -15% 6,909 5,056 -27%

Firearms

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Illegal Firearms Possession 420 562 570 565 709 731 1,186 62% 517 798 54%
All Firearms Possession 420 562 570 565 709 731 1,186 62% 517 798 54%

Other

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 Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Prostitution/Sex Work 443 272 338 227 321 77 1 -99% 351 156 -56%
Patronizing Prostitutes 104 111 62 40 61 39 1 -97% 92 35 -62%
Threats of Violence 175 164 131 144 189 132 117 -11% 157 146 -7%
All Other Offenses 722 547 531 411 571 248 119 -52% 600 337 -44%