Summary Arrests

Year to Date Through 08/14/2022

Definitions | Limitations

The data below show Philadelphia totals for people arrested by local and state law enforcement agencies for ‘Summary’ offenses. Summary offenses are the lowest level of criminal offense in Pennslyvania, often refered to as ‘non-traffic citations.’ Unlike Misdemeanors and Felonies, the police in Philadelphia can arrest and charge a person for a summary offense without the intervention of the District Attorney’s Office.

  2%

1,371 Arrests YTD

All Offenses

  1%

899 Arrests YTD

Property Offenses

  -75%

2 Arrests YTD

Drug Offenses

  32%

106 Arrests YTD

Other Offenses

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 Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
All Property Offenses 4,655 4,293 4,224 2,744 1,144 886 899 1%
All Drug Offenses 1 21 1 11 1 8 2 -75%
All Other Offenses 1,272 565 390 253 103 80 106 32%
Uncategorized Offenses 2,780 1,067 785 790 337 375 364 -3%
All Offenses 8,708 5,946 5,400 3,798 1,585 1,349 1,371 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.

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 Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Retail Theft 1,136 884 1,293 1,287 781 472 527 12%
Theft 96 117 170 199 165 83 72 -13%
Theft of Services 1,612 1,497 2,036 882 22 69 81 17%
Trespass 1,579 1,675 632 318 121 225 177 -21%
Criminal Mischief 138 91 85 57 53 35 42 20%
Other Property Crimes 94 29 8 1 2 2 0 -100%
All Property Offenses 4,655 4,293 4,224 2,744 1,144 886 899 1%
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 Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Possession 1 21 1 11 1 8 2 -75%
All Drug Offenses 1 21 1 11 1 8 2 -75%
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 Summary Arrests by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
Disorderly Conduct 900 407 311 199 75 68 81 19%
Alcohol Possession by Minor 93 70 29 30 26 1 6 500%
Public Drunkenness 267 77 45 18 1 11 16 45%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 12 11 5 6 1 0 3 Inf%
All Other Offenses 1,272 565 390 253 103 80 106 32%
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.