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%

2,226 Arrests

All Offenses

  -12%

1,448 Arrests

Property Offenses

  800%

9 Arrests

Drug Offenses

  12%

144 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 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Property Offenses 10,250 7,841 7,443 6,797 6,868 3,978 1,647 1,448 -12% 8,083 3,485 -57%
All Drug Offenses 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800% 9 7 -22%
All Other Offenses 3,069 2,565 1,679 891 644 345 128 144 12% 2,051 315 -85%
Uncategorized Offenses 15,848 14,491 3,676 1,624 1,249 1,190 501 625 25% 8,910 891 -90%
All Offenses 29,174 24,899 12,801 9,335 8,763 5,530 2,277 2,226 -2% 19,052 4,699 -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.

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 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Retail Theft 2,234 1,931 1,731 1,362 2,073 2,116 1,080 763 -29% 1,814 1,508 -17%
Theft 134 182 191 200 290 343 224 129 -42% 177 246 39%
Theft of Services 4,761 2,786 2,569 2,892 3,425 901 33 128 288% 3,252 1,122 -65%
Trespass 2,423 2,494 2,615 2,151 929 511 227 355 56% 2,421 506 -79%
Criminal Mischief 295 234 211 151 138 102 81 71 -12% 223 98 -56%
Other Property Crimes 403 214 126 41 13 5 2 2 0% 196 6 -97%
All Property Offenses 10,250 7,841 7,443 6,797 6,868 3,978 1,647 1,448 -12% 8,083 3,485 -57%
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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by 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 Possession 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800% 9 7 -22%
All Drug Offenses 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800% 9 7 -22%
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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by 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
Disorderly Conduct 2,325 1,916 1,221 668 523 290 100 117 17% 1,532 258 -83%
Alcohol Possession by Minor 269 165 118 106 45 34 27 9 -67% 164 29 -82%
Public Drunkenness 475 484 340 117 76 21 1 18 1700% 354 29 -92%
All Other Offenses 3,069 2,565 1,679 891 644 345 128 144 12% 2,051 315 -85%
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.