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 Yr-Yr
Change
All Property Offenses 10,250 7,841 7,443 6,797 6,867 3,976 1,651 1,448 -12%
All Drug Offenses 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800%
All Other Offenses 3,082 2,585 1,695 903 651 352 130 149 15%
Uncategorized Offenses 15,832 14,468 3,657 1,611 1,240 1,152 500 619 24%
All Offenses 29,171 24,896 12,798 9,334 8,760 5,497 2,282 2,225 -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: Year End Count of Summary Arrests by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Retail Theft 2,234 1,931 1,731 1,362 2,073 2,117 1,085 763 -30%
Theft 134 182 191 200 290 343 224 129 -42%
Theft of Services 4,761 2,786 2,569 2,892 3,425 901 33 129 291%
Trespass 2,423 2,494 2,615 2,151 929 509 227 354 56%
Criminal Mischief 295 234 211 151 137 101 80 71 -11%
Other Property Crimes 403 214 126 41 13 5 2 2 0%
All Property Offenses 10,250 7,841 7,443 6,797 6,867 3,976 1,651 1,448 -12%
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
Drug Possession 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800%
All Drug Offenses 7 2 3 23 2 17 1 9 800%
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
Disorderly Conduct 2,325 1,916 1,220 668 522 289 101 117 16%
Alcohol Possession by Minor 269 165 118 106 45 34 27 9 -67%
Public Drunkenness 475 484 340 117 76 21 1 18 1700%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 13 20 17 12 8 8 1 5 400%
All Other Offenses 3,082 2,585 1,695 903 651 352 130 149 15%
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.