Summary Offense Charges

Year to Date Through 08/02/2021

Definitions | Limitations

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

  -22%

1,051 Cases

All Offenses

  -45%

516 Cases

Property Offenses

  -96%

1 Cases

Drug Offenses

  -52%

67 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 2,686 2,326 2,024 2,876 2,012 945 516 -45% 2,345 1,587 -32%
All Drug Offenses 336 299 120 55 41 27 1 -96% 252 31 -88%
All Other Offenses 7,789 2,838 1,413 679 361 141 67 -52% 4,013 312 -92%
Uncategorized Offenses 6,096 2,885 2,102 1,675 1,230 237 467 97% 3,694 902 -76%
All Offenses 16,907 8,348 5,659 5,285 3,644 1,350 1,051 -22% 10,305 2,832 -73%

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 1,069 1,002 797 1,352 1,308 887 460 -48% 956 1,002 5%
Theft 5 6 8 7 13 8 29 262% 6 14 133%
Fraud/Theft of Services 1,514 1,234 1,180 1,466 660 20 9 -55% 1,309 539 -59%
Vandalism 98 84 39 51 31 30 18 -40% 74 32 -57%
All Property Offenses 2,686 2,326 2,024 2,876 2,012 945 516 -45% 2,345 1,587 -32%

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 103 101 64 29 30 26 1 -96% 89 22 -75%
Public Drunkenness 233 198 56 26 11 1 0 -100% 162 10 -94%
All Drug Offenses 336 299 120 55 41 27 1 -96% 252 31 -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 819 834 867 295 98 58 33 -43% 840 121 -86%
Disorderly Conduct 1,134 794 314 221 160 52 28 -46% 747 115 -85%
Minor Violations (Open Container, Public Urination, Smoking Violation) 5,836 1,210 232 163 103 31 6 -81% 2,426 76 -97%
All Other Offenses 7,789 2,838 1,413 679 361 141 67 -52% 4,013 312 -92%