Phoenix Police Transparency

Phoenix Police Transparency


Adult Arrests Dashboard

Arrests

The Phoenix Police Department documents each time a subject is arrested. This includes on-view, warrant, and citation arrests. The arresting officer linked to the arrest is the officer that completed the arrest paperwork. Additional officers may have been involved in arresting a single individual, but only the officer that completed the paperwork is linked to the arrest in the database.

PPD’s Arrest Policy (Operations Order 4.10) provides direction and guidance to officers on arrest types and when they are appropriate. Arizona’s criminal code is defined in the Arizona Revised Statutes.

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On average, how often are arrests made?

Each year, officers respond to approximately 846,000 calls for service (673,890 citizen-generated and 172,409 officer-initiated) and make around 38,000 adult arrests. (Based on data from 2018-2021)

Arrests at a Glance

This chart shows the number of arrests made by Phoenix Police Officers each year starting in 2018.

Number of Arrest Made by Phoenix Police Precinct

This chart shows the number and percentage of adult arrests made by Phoenix police precint for each year starting in 2018.

Note: Phoenix police precincts vary in geographic size. The proportion of arrests made across each police precinct is not expected to be equivalent.

Individuals may be categorized under one or more arrest type. To make comparing arrest types easier, a simplified grouping was created based on the following hierarchy: On-View Booking, Active Warrant, Citation. For example, individuals arrested for both a “warrant” and “on-view booking” are categorized as “on-view booking.” Visit the Traffic Citations Dashboard for more information on citations. Note: For felony charges, an individual cannot be issued a citation and must be booked into jail.

Arrest Types

On-View Booking: Through officer observation and investigation, probable cause of a crime was established to take an individual into custody and book into jail. No active warrant is required for this type of arrest.

Active Warrant: A records check was conducted on an individual that had an active/valid warrant. The individual was arrested and booked into jail based solely on the active/valid warrant.

Citation: Through officer observation and investigation, probable cause of a crime was established to take an individual into custody and book into jail; however, for certain misdemeanor crimes, the individual may be issued a citation with an upcoming court date in lieu of detention. In these instances, the individual has been arrested but was not booked into jail.

Initial Charge Category for Individuals (by Year)

This chart shows total arrests grouped by the charge category: Felony, Felony & Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor and Other.

“Other” charges include warrants from other jurisdictions outside of Phoenix and records in which the initial charge category is not available.



Arrest Charge Type

This chart shows the number of arrests categorized by most severe charge type based on the following hierarchy: Violent, Property, Drug, Warrant, and Other. The charge type is categorized based on the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program standards from the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation. For additional information, please see the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

“Other” charges include charges that do not fall into an established category (Violent, Property, Drug, and Warrant) based on the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Examples include: driving under the influence (DUI), criminal trespassing, failure to register as a sex offender, and discharging a firearm within city limits. In addition to this, “other” charges include records in which the charge type is not available.


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