One full-time Property and Evidence Technician receives all items taken as either evidence, safekeeping, or found property. The Property and Evidence Technician is responsible for logging, and maintaining all items received on a case until there is final court adjudication. Following the final adjudication of a case, all property that is still in control of the Property and Evidence Technician is released to the owner or it is properly disposed of.
Please be conscious that there are various statutory requirements concerning the storage and disposal of property. These laws specify the time period items must be retained by law enforcement agencies and the format of required notifications. Due to this requirement, property release must be scheduled in advance to verify it is in fact available for release. After a specified amount of time, unclaimed property can be sold at public auction or destroyed if there is no appreciable value.
Access to the property room is strictly controlled. Any movement of property in or out of the property room is properly recorded on an official “property record report” to ensure the integrity of the evidence. Significant cases rely heavily on the consistent chain of evidence.
Each year, the Property and Evidence Technician receives and processes well over 11,000 pieces of property. As such property is released by appointment only. The Property Clerk will need your name, telephone number and case number to process your request. Property hours are:
Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Property and Evidence