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%

23,852 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 Yr-Yr
Change
All Violent Offenses 10,037 9,496 8,389 8,364 7,722 8,657 7,042 6,775 -4%
All Property Offenses 7,883 7,817 7,665 7,419 5,548 5,631 5,136 3,942 -23%
All Drug Offenses 13,873 11,598 10,667 13,096 12,097 12,188 6,435 5,225 -19%
All Firearm Possession 1,143 992 1,219 1,337 1,280 1,586 1,964 2,300 17%
All Other Offenses 7,067 6,845 6,306 6,062 5,245 4,473 2,933 2,872 -2%
Uncategorized Offenses 6,734 6,683 6,218 6,359 6,553 7,010 2,963 2,738 -8%
All Offenses 46,737 43,431 40,464 42,637 38,445 39,545 26,473 23,852 -10%
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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Homicide: Shooting · 60 69 67 83 128 135 150 11%
Homicide: Other 171 105 75 61 86 77 64 72 12%
Non-Fatal Shooting · 213 232 237 212 273 277 351 27%
Rape 308 307 268 336 336 331 265 263 -1%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 488 301 304 284 249 300 217 199 -8%
Robbery 1,802 1,744 1,439 1,414 1,144 1,190 824 766 -7%
Aggravated Assault 4,530 4,188 3,768 3,311 2,987 3,541 3,035 2,812 -7%
Strangulation · · 0 364 541 582 425 492 16%
Simple Assault 1,743 1,566 1,377 1,315 1,192 1,249 942 792 -16%
Other Assaults 43 45 52 31 30 35 25 51 104%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 252 252 201 256 247 300 217 245 13%
Arson 58 46 65 58 65 64 83 83 0%
Carjacking 51 67 66 67 65 96 81 95 17%
Other Violent Crimes 591 602 473 563 485 491 452 404 -11%
All Violent Offenses 10,037 9,496 8,389 8,364 7,722 8,657 7,042 6,775 -4%
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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Burglary/Residential 1,137 1,006 968 972 802 982 727 618 -15%
Burglary/Commercial 331 339 350 344 323 269 1,055 202 -81%
Theft 2,393 2,456 2,278 2,288 1,916 2,027 1,216 1,035 -15%
Retail Theft 2,037 1,937 2,012 1,816 445 282 231 254 10%
Theft from Auto 37 47 36 54 48 35 51 20 -61%
Auto Theft 858 893 984 855 965 947 903 959 6%
Fraud 233 233 197 168 147 139 68 82 21%
Trespass 203 213 222 187 191 295 228 185 -19%
Criminal Mischief 576 622 558 633 574 576 520 495 -5%
Other Property Crimes 78 71 60 102 137 79 137 92 -33%
All Property Offenses 7,883 7,817 7,665 7,419 5,548 5,631 5,136 3,942 -23%
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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Sales with a Firearm 307 326 340 402 307 404 499 584 17%
Drug Sales 5,720 5,091 4,909 5,664 5,401 5,654 3,470 3,180 -8%
Drug Possession 7,780 6,111 5,349 6,989 6,359 6,031 2,377 1,413 -41%
Drug Possession in Jails 66 70 69 41 30 99 89 48 -46%
All Drug Offenses 13,873 11,598 10,667 13,096 12,097 12,188 6,435 5,225 -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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 450 419 520 545 607 727 794 867 9%
Firearm Possession without a License 667 550 661 757 646 831 1,120 1,397 25%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 3 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 0%
Other Firearm Offenses 23 17 33 30 22 23 46 32 -30%
All Firearm Possession 1,143 992 1,219 1,337 1,280 1,586 1,964 2,300 17%
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: Year End Count of Arrests by Police Suggested Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Violation of Protection Order 541 473 418 485 496 541 514 493 -4%
DUI 4,236 4,399 4,180 3,823 3,412 2,600 1,772 1,750 -1%
Prostitution/Sex Work 1,081 875 750 829 606 503 92 19 -79%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 270 157 192 192 99 113 45 0 -100%
Promoting Prostitution 7 9 22 15 8 6 1 1 0%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 136 126 90 66 75 57 50 56 12%
Threats of Violence 685 741 597 588 502 585 412 491 19%
Ethnic Intimidation 15 8 11 20 19 19 24 38 58%
Disorderly Conduct 82 54 37 43 22 26 10 23 130%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 14 3 9 1 6 23 13 1 -92%
All Other Offenses 7,067 6,845 6,306 6,062 5,245 4,473 2,933 2,872 -2%
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.