Summary Offense Charges

Year to Date Through 05/09/2021

Definitions | Limitations

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

  -40%

598 Cases

All Offenses

  -56%

296 Cases

Property Offenses

  -100%

0 Cases

Drug Offenses

  -69%

35 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 1,683 1,392 1,158 1,621 1,436 679 296 -56% 1,411 1,008 -29%
All Drug Offenses 235 221 98 33 26 26 0 -100% 185 21 -89%
All Other Offenses 4,464 1,870 772 450 255 113 35 -69% 2,369 213 -91%
Uncategorized Offenses 3,612 1,788 1,172 984 873 186 267 44% 2,191 578 -74%
All Offenses 9,994 5,271 3,200 3,088 2,590 1,004 598 -40% 6,155 1,820 -70%

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 654 620 465 780 761 641 278 -57% 580 615 6%
Theft 5 2 6 4 8 5 4 -20% 4 5 25%
Fraud/Theft of Services 957 723 669 804 647 19 5 -74% 783 369 -53%
Vandalism 67 47 18 33 20 14 9 -36% 44 19 -57%
All Property Offenses 1,683 1,392 1,158 1,621 1,436 679 296 -56% 1,411 1,008 -29%

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 68 71 55 14 17 25 0 -100% 65 14 -78%
Public Drunkenness 167 150 43 19 9 1 0 -100% 120 7 -94%
All Drug Offenses 235 221 98 33 26 26 0 -100% 185 21 -89%

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 403 460 416 202 71 48 19 -60% 426 85 -80%
Disorderly Conduct 730 556 214 153 114 43 12 -72% 500 80 -84%
Minor Violations (Open Container, Public Urination, Smoking Violation) 3,331 854 142 95 70 22 4 -82% 1,442 48 -97%
All Other Offenses 4,464 1,870 772 450 255 113 35 -69% 2,369 213 -91%