Summary Arrests

Year End 12/31/2021

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%

2,225 Arrests

All Offenses

  -12%

1,448 Arrests

Property Offenses

  800%

9 Arrests

Drug Offenses

  15%

149 Arrests

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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
All Property Offenses
10,250
7,841
7,443
6,797
6,867
3,976
1,651
1,448
All Drug Offenses
7
2
3
23
2
17
1
9
All Other Offenses
3,082
2,585
1,695
903
651
352
130
149
Uncategorized Offenses
15,832
14,468
3,657
1,611
1,240
1,152
500
619
All Offenses
29,171
24,896
12,798
9,334
8,760
5,497
2,282
2,225

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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2,234
1,931
1,731
1,362
2,073
2,117
1,085
763
134
182
191
200
290
343
224
129
4,761
2,786
2,569
2,892
3,425
901
33
129
2,423
2,494
2,615
2,151
929
509
227
354
295
234
211
151
137
101
80
71
403
214
126
41
13
5
2
2
All Property Offenses
10,250
7,841
7,443
6,797
6,867
3,976
1,651
1,448

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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
7
2
3
23
2
17
1
9
All Drug Offenses
7
2
3
23
2
17
1
9

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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2,325
1,916
1,220
668
522
289
101
117
269
165
118
106
45
34
27
9
475
484
340
117
76
21
1
18
13
20
17
12
8
8
1
5
All Other Offenses
3,082
2,585
1,695
903
651
352
130
149