Property and Evidence Unit handles and stores all evidence and
property that is seized or found until it is needed for court,
returned to its owner, or can be lawfully destroyed or disposed
of. These items can range from a single strand of hair to
furniture to vehicles.
The destruction, disposal, or return of property is determined
by the Property and Evidence Officer in accordance with state and local law.
Evidence, once booked by an officer and received by this unit,
can no longer be removed or even physically examined without an
authorized person signing for it.
Evidence Unit personnel also are responsible for preparation of
court exhibits, production of photographic, audio and video
evidence, copying and reproduction of photographic, audio and
video evidence, reports and other evidence items for the
District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, private attorneys
and investigators who are legally entitled to obtain these
The Property and Evidence Unit hours of operation:
Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The unit is closed on all major holidays.
Property retrieval is by appointment only. Please call the
Property and Evidence Unit at 559-891-2210 to schedule your
appointment. Walk-in service is provided if Unit personnel are
What are the criteria for retrieving property from the
Property & Evidence Unit?
You must have the case number assigned to your
The officer, detective or the court assigned to the case
must provide a release saying that you may pick up the
item or items. Only the person listed on the release, as
the owner of the item, is authorized to pick up the item.
If the owner is hospitalized or otherwise incapacitated, a
Power of Attorney form will be necessary unless an
immediate family member can provide written permission
from the owner. Photo identification must be presented in
order to receive the item
A letter from the California Department of Justice must be
obtained before a weapon
will be released to you. Forms and instructions are
available on the CA DOJ web site or at any police station
or sheriff’s office.
In general you must be able to give reasonable proof that
you are the owner. Sales slips, pictures or other written
documentation, verbal description of the item(s) or
distinctive markings may be acceptable.
You must show acceptable proof of identification with a
photograph, for example:
Valid driver’s license, learners or non-driver
Military Identification, other local, state or federal
Picture Identification Card.
For more information about
Property and Evidence, Contact Community Service Officer
Frank Brown at (559) 891-2210 or