Arrests

Year to Date Through 01/17/2022

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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.

  -50%

569 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  -36%

196 Arrests YTD

Violent Offenses

  -50%

109 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -60%

103 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  -60%

49 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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
All Violent Offenses 346 382 356 418 413 304 196 -36% 364 337 -7%
All Property Offenses 332 299 290 298 309 219 109 -50% 316 245 -22%
All Drug Offenses 499 535 502 666 514 256 103 -60% 517 408 -21%
All Firearm Possession 54 58 57 85 61 124 49 -60% 56 75 34%
All Other Offenses 296 250 216 218 175 128 51 -60% 273 158 -42%
Uncategorized Offenses 267 260 218 284 312 117 61 -48% 264 198 -25%
All Offenses 1,794 1,784 1,639 1,969 1,784 1,148 569 -50% 1,789 1,422 -21%
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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Homicide: Shooting 3 4 2 5 5 6 1 -83% 4 4 0%
Homicide: Other 0 2 2 5 7 2 1 -50% 1 3 200%
Non-Fatal Shooting 17 8 9 8 21 14 12 -14% 12 13 8%
Rape 16 6 11 20 21 12 8 -33% 11 14 27%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 20 16 15 20 17 18 7 -61% 18 15 -17%
Robbery 48 83 70 68 50 27 29 7% 66 49 -26%
Aggravated Assault 155 158 138 144 155 122 78 -36% 156 127 -19%
Strangulation 0 5 18 21 37 25 14 -44% 2 23 1050%
Simple Assault 65 65 54 69 65 35 21 -40% 65 49 -25%
Other Assaults 1 0 3 1 0 2 0 -100% 0 1 Inf%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 5 13 6 20 9 10 9 -10% 9 11 22%
Arson 0 5 1 2 2 2 3 50% 2 2 0%
Carjacking 3 7 6 6 4 12 2 -83% 5 6 20%
Other Violent Crimes 13 10 21 29 20 17 11 -35% 12 20 67%
All Violent Offenses 346 382 356 418 413 304 196 -36% 364 337 -7%
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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Burglary/Residential 38 33 52 54 56 36 13 -64% 36 42 17%
Burglary/Commercial 9 18 9 9 22 12 7 -42% 14 12 -14%
Theft 106 90 59 115 94 54 26 -52% 98 70 -29%
Retail Theft 100 68 78 17 8 24 3 -88% 84 26 -69%
Theft from Auto 1 4 2 0 2 3 0 -100% 2 1 -50%
Auto Theft 42 40 47 51 58 53 33 -38% 41 48 17%
Fraud 7 9 6 8 7 6 2 -67% 8 6 -25%
Trespass 11 8 8 13 21 6 4 -33% 10 10 0%
Criminal Mischief 17 23 29 30 40 25 20 -20% 20 29 45%
Other Property Crimes 1 6 0 1 1 0 1 Inf% 4 1 -75%
All Property Offenses 332 299 290 298 309 219 109 -50% 316 245 -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.

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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Drug Sales with a Firearm 17 19 18 12 22 42 16 -62% 18 22 22%
Drug Sales 227 231 220 302 250 130 60 -54% 229 192 -16%
Drug Possession 254 284 263 352 235 84 27 -68% 269 192 -29%
Drug Possession in Jails 1 1 1 0 7 0 0 0% 1 2 100%
All Drug Offenses 499 535 502 666 514 256 103 -60% 517 408 -21%
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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 19 23 25 45 20 55 25 -55% 21 34 62%
Firearm Possession without a License 31 34 30 39 38 68 23 -66% 32 40 25%
Other Firearm Offenses 4 1 2 1 3 1 1 0% 2 2 0%
All Firearm Possession 54 58 57 85 61 124 49 -60% 56 75 34%
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
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Violation of Protection Order 10 18 20 18 30 19 8 -58% 14 19 36%
DUI 215 176 136 130 95 90 24 -73% 196 95 -52%
Prostitution/Sex Work 38 27 28 40 17 0 5 Inf% 32 18 -44%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 8 2 3 4 2 1 3 200% 5 3 -40%
Threats of Violence 23 23 26 25 31 16 10 -38% 23 22 -4%
Ethnic Intimidation 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0% 0 1 Inf%
Disorderly Conduct 2 4 2 1 0 1 0 -100% 3 1 -67%
All Other Offenses 296 250 216 218 175 128 51 -60% 273 158 -42%
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.