Interpreting arrests data
Police enforcement takes many forms, including citations, summonses, warrants, arrests, and more. While national-level data does not yet exist for most of these indicators, detailed arrest data exists through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) persons arrested tables. The UCR is a large and complex data series that compiles all the arrest data voluntarily reported by the country’s 18,000+ police agencies. (Another data collection effort, the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), will become the primary reporting system in 2021 and will be included in future iterations of the tool.) On this page, users can interact with data pulled from the UCR to learn more about the wide reach of police enforcement and explore how arrest trends vary by offense type, time, and place.
For more information about how to interpret UCR data see the FAQ.
Less than 5 percent of the 10M arrests each year are for violent crimes
Black people are 2.17 times more likely to be arrested than white people
victimizations were reported to police in 2016
The clearance rate for "Part I" serious crimes increased by 2% from 1964 to 2018