Summary Offense Charges

Year to Date Through 10/18/2021

Definitions | Limitations

Summary Offenses may be charged directly by the police or by the DAO’s Charging Unit.

  -9%

1,589 Cases

All Offenses

  -40%

694 Cases

Property Offenses

  -89%

3 Cases

Drug Offenses

  -48%

89 Cases

Other Offenses

All Offenses

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 Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Property Offenses 3,405 3,181 2,895 3,893 2,552 1,155 694 -40% 3,160 2,074 -34%
All Drug Offenses 414 345 161 74 43 28 3 -89% 307 37 -88%
All Other Offenses 9,981 3,502 1,772 935 489 171 89 -48% 5,085 421 -92%
Uncategorized Offenses 7,764 3,826 3,006 2,399 1,721 391 803 105% 4,865 1,328 -73%
All Offenses 21,564 10,854 7,834 7,301 4,805 1,745 1,589 -9% 13,417 3,860 -71%

Property

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 Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Retail Theft 1,409 1,333 1,085 1,795 1,816 1,085 617 -43% 1,276 1,328 4%
Theft 10 7 12 19 22 11 43 291% 10 24 140%
Fraud/Theft of Services 1,869 1,738 1,746 2,002 663 22 10 -55% 1,784 674 -62%
Vandalism 117 103 52 77 51 37 24 -35% 91 47 -48%
All Property Offenses 3,405 3,181 2,895 3,893 2,552 1,155 694 -40% 3,160 2,074 -34%

Drugs

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 Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Alcohol Possession by Minor 129 115 95 38 32 27 2 -93% 113 25 -78%
Public Drunkenness 285 230 66 36 11 1 1 0% 194 12 -94%
All Drug Offenses 414 345 161 74 43 28 3 -89% 307 37 -88%

Other

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 Cases Opened by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Trespass 1,109 1,190 998 396 157 71 41 -42% 1,099 166 -85%
Disorderly Conduct 1,504 897 424 305 205 66 41 -38% 942 154 -84%
Minor Violations (Open Container, Public Urination, Smoking Violation) 7,368 1,415 350 234 127 34 7 -79% 3,044 100 -97%
All Other Offenses 9,981 3,502 1,772 935 489 171 89 -48% 5,085 421 -92%