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.

  -9%

23,896 Arrests

All Offenses

  -3%

6,789 Arrests

Violent Offenses

  -23%

3,954 Arrests

Property Offenses

  -18%

5,228 Arrests

Drug Offenses

  18%

2,303 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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Violent Offenses 10,037 9,497 8,389 8,364 7,722 8,661 7,007 6,789 -3% 9,072 7,545 -17%
All Property Offenses 7,883 7,817 7,665 7,419 5,548 5,634 5,123 3,954 -23% 7,696 5,065 -34%
All Drug Offenses 13,873 11,599 10,669 13,097 12,098 12,208 6,409 5,228 -18% 12,310 8,986 -27%
All Firearm Possession 1,143 993 1,219 1,337 1,280 1,587 1,958 2,303 18% 1,173 1,782 52%
All Other Offenses 7,054 6,843 6,298 6,061 5,240 4,450 2,902 2,875 -1% 6,564 3,867 -41%
Uncategorized Offenses 6,750 6,687 6,232 6,364 6,568 7,050 2,979 2,747 -8% 6,508 4,836 -26%
All Offenses 46,740 43,436 40,472 42,642 38,456 39,590 26,378 23,896 -9% 43,322 32,080 -26%
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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Homicide: Shooting · 60 67 63 81 120 126 145 15% 48 118 146%
Homicide: Other 171 105 75 61 86 77 64 72 12% 103 75 -27%
Non-Fatal Shooting · 214 234 243 214 282 287 356 24% 230 285 24%
Rape 308 307 268 336 336 333 264 263 0% 305 299 -2%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 488 301 304 284 249 300 214 200 -7% 344 241 -30%
Robbery 1,802 1,744 1,439 1,414 1,144 1,190 822 771 -6% 1,600 982 -39%
Aggravated Assault 4,530 4,188 3,768 3,309 2,987 3,542 3,020 2,818 -7% 3,949 3,092 -22%
Strangulation · · 0 364 541 582 422 492 17% 91 509 459%
Simple Assault 1,743 1,566 1,377 1,315 1,192 1,252 934 793 -15% 1,500 1,043 -30%
Other Assaults 43 45 52 31 30 35 25 51 104% 43 35 -19%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 252 252 201 256 247 300 217 245 13% 240 252 5%
Arson 58 46 65 58 65 64 83 84 1% 57 74 30%
Carjacking 51 67 66 67 65 94 79 95 20% 63 83 32%
Other Violent Crimes 591 602 473 563 485 490 450 404 -10% 557 457 -18%
All Violent Offenses 10,037 9,497 8,389 8,364 7,722 8,661 7,007 6,789 -3% 9,072 7,545 -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.

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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Burglary/Residential 1,137 1,006 968 972 802 983 728 619 -15% 1,021 783 -23%
Burglary/Commercial 331 339 350 344 323 269 1,054 202 -81% 341 462 35%
Theft 2,393 2,456 2,278 2,288 1,916 2,027 1,216 1,038 -15% 2,354 1,549 -34%
Retail Theft 2,037 1,937 2,012 1,816 445 283 231 254 10% 1,950 303 -84%
Theft from Auto 37 47 36 54 48 35 51 20 -61% 44 38 -14%
Auto Theft 858 893 984 855 965 947 896 959 7% 898 942 5%
Fraud 233 233 197 168 147 139 68 82 21% 208 109 -48%
Trespass 203 213 222 187 191 295 228 186 -18% 206 225 9%
Criminal Mischief 576 622 558 633 574 577 515 502 -3% 597 542 -9%
Other Property Crimes 78 71 60 102 137 79 136 92 -32% 78 111 42%
All Property Offenses 7,883 7,817 7,665 7,419 5,548 5,634 5,123 3,954 -23% 7,696 5,065 -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.

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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Sales with a Firearm 307 326 341 402 307 404 498 585 17% 344 448 30%
Drug Sales 5,720 5,092 4,910 5,663 5,400 5,664 3,452 3,180 -8% 5,346 4,424 -17%
Drug Possession 7,780 6,111 5,349 6,991 6,361 6,041 2,371 1,415 -40% 6,558 4,047 -38%
Drug Possession in Jails 66 70 69 41 30 99 88 48 -45% 62 66 6%
All Drug Offenses 13,873 11,599 10,669 13,097 12,098 12,208 6,409 5,228 -18% 12,310 8,986 -27%
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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 450 420 520 545 607 728 793 869 10% 484 749 55%
Firearm Possession without a License 667 550 661 757 646 831 1,115 1,398 25% 659 998 51%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 3 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 0% 5 4 -20%
Other Firearm Offenses 23 17 33 30 22 23 46 32 -30% 26 31 19%
All Firearm Possession 1,143 993 1,219 1,337 1,280 1,587 1,958 2,303 18% 1,173 1,782 52%
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
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Violation of Protection Order 541 473 418 485 496 542 511 494 -3% 479 511 7%
DUI 4,237 4,400 4,181 3,823 3,413 2,600 1,763 1,753 -1% 4,160 2,382 -43%
Prostitution/Sex Work 1,081 875 750 829 606 502 92 19 -79% 884 305 -65%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 270 157 192 192 99 113 45 0 -100% 203 64 -68%
Promoting Prostitution 7 9 22 15 8 6 1 1 0% 13 4 -69%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 136 126 90 66 75 57 48 56 17% 104 59 -43%
Threats of Violence 685 741 597 588 502 585 408 491 20% 653 496 -24%
Ethnic Intimidation 15 8 11 20 19 19 24 38 58% 14 25 79%
Disorderly Conduct 82 54 37 43 22 26 10 23 130% 54 20 -63%
All Other Offenses 7,054 6,843 6,298 6,061 5,240 4,450 2,902 2,875 -1% 6,564 3,867 -41%
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.