Arrests

Year End 12/31/2021

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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.

  -10%

23,854 Arrests

All Offenses

  -4%

6,775 Arrests

Violent Offenses

  -23%

3,942 Arrests

Property Offenses

  -19%

5,225 Arrests

Drug Offenses

  17%

2,300 Arrests

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
All Violent Offenses
10,037
9,496
8,389
8,366
7,723
8,657
7,044
6,775
All Property Offenses
7,883
7,817
7,665
7,419
5,547
5,631
5,136
3,942
All Drug Offenses
13,873
11,598
10,667
13,096
12,097
12,188
6,436
5,225
All Firearm Possession
1,143
992
1,219
1,337
1,280
1,586
1,964
2,300
All Other Offenses
7,067
6,845
6,306
6,062
5,245
4,473
2,933
2,873
Uncategorized Offenses
6,734
6,683
6,218
6,357
6,553
7,010
2,962
2,739
All Offenses
46,737
43,431
40,464
42,637
38,445
39,545
26,475
23,854

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
·
73
88
81
94
147
160
185
171
105
75
61
86
77
64
72
·
203
223
227
203
256
254
321
308
307
268
336
336
331
265
263
488
301
304
284
249
300
217
199
1,802
1,744
1,439
1,414
1,144
1,190
826
766
4,530
4,185
3,758
3,309
2,986
3,539
3,033
2,807
·
·
0
364
541
582
425
492
1,743
1,566
1,377
1,315
1,192
1,249
942
792
43
45
52
31
30
35
25
51
252
252
201
256
247
300
217
245
58
46
65
58
65
64
83
83
51
67
66
67
65
96
81
95
591
602
473
563
485
491
452
404
All Violent Offenses
10,037
9,496
8,389
8,366
7,723
8,657
7,044
6,775

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
1,131
1,005
968
971
801
982
729
601
337
340
350
345
324
269
1,053
219
2,393
2,456
2,278
2,288
1,916
2,027
1,216
1,035
2,037
1,937
2,012
1,816
445
282
231
254
37
47
36
54
48
35
51
20
858
893
984
855
965
947
903
959
233
233
197
168
147
139
68
82
203
213
222
187
190
295
228
185
576
622
558
633
574
576
520
495
78
71
60
102
137
79
137
92
All Property Offenses
7,883
7,817
7,665
7,419
5,547
5,631
5,136
3,942

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
307
326
340
402
307
404
499
584
5,720
5,091
4,909
5,664
5,401
5,654
3,471
3,180
7,780
6,111
5,349
6,989
6,359
6,031
2,377
1,413
66
70
69
41
30
99
89
48
All Drug Offenses
13,873
11,598
10,667
13,096
12,097
12,188
6,436
5,225

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
450
419
520
545
607
727
794
867
667
550
661
757
646
831
1,120
1,397
23
17
33
30
22
23
46
32
All Firearm Possession
1,143
992
1,219
1,337
1,280
1,586
1,964
2,300

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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
541
473
418
485
496
541
514
493
DUI
4,236
4,399
4,180
3,823
3,412
2,600
1,772
1,751
1,081
875
750
829
606
503
92
19
270
157
192
192
99
113
45
0
7
9
22
15
8
6
1
1
136
126
90
66
75
57
50
56
685
741
597
588
502
585
412
491
15
8
11
20
19
19
24
38
82
54
37
43
22
26
10
23
14
3
9
1
6
23
13
1
All Other Offenses
7,067
6,845
6,306
6,062
5,245
4,473
2,933
2,873