The Property & Evidence
Unit provides for the safe, efficient and careful handling and
preservation of all property and evidence that comes into the
Departmentís control. The Unit ensures that all actions with the
property and evidence are accurately documented until it is no
longer needed for investigative purposes or court proceedings
and can be either returned to the owner or disposed of in
accordance with the law.
The Property & Evidence
Unit receives, catalogs, organizes, safely stores, researches,
purges, and maintains the integrity of evidence, found property
and property for safekeeping. This Unit is also responsible for
the issuance of equipment and supplies for the officers at the
Selma Police Department.
When property and evidence
is cleared for disposition, it is returned to its owner/finder
or destroyed in compliance with the law. Persons authorized to
receive such property and evidence will be notified by mail.
Release of Property
If you have received a
notification to pick up your property, please call to make an
appointment. No property will be released until it has been
authorized by the investigating officer. Sometimes the property
and evidence may need to be retained for additional court
proceedings or further investigations.
Photo identification is
required for all property and evidence releases. Bring
official valid photo identification with you at the time of your
appointment (driverís license, state ID card, passport, military
ID card or immigration card).
The most common problem
with returning property is locating the owner due to changes in
address, telephone numbers, and telephone disconnections.
If you have property in the Property and Evidence Unit, please
keep the Unit informed of all changes.
The rightful owner may
designate another person to pick up their property by power of
attorney or notarized letter. Next of Kin will need to provide a
certified copy of decedents death certificate, estate rights,
and/or an affidavit or declaration which complies with
California Probate Code 13101.
Release of Firearms
Once the Selma Police
Department has determined that a firearm is available for
release, a notification will be mailed to retrieve the firearm.
The individual seeking the return of the firearm must then
submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application with applicable
fees to the Department of Justice (PC 12021.3).
The application is
available online at: