Property Releases

The Property and Evidence Bureau is governed by state law on all pieces of property and is responsible for the daily processing and booking of criminal evidence collected by police personnel. The Community Service Officer assigned to Property maintains the daily security of property booked as lost, found, stolen, and for safekeeping. This assignment also requires data entry to maintain the integrity of the chain of evidence. Below is a list of instructions on how to obtain property which has been stored for safekeeping or evidence.

Release of Property

Property is released by appointment only Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, except on holidays. Please call (562) 799-4100 ext. 1114 to make an appointment for property release or with any questions that need to be answered. In order to have property released, you will need photo identification and you may need to provide proof of ownership.


Property held as Evidence will not be released unless the case has been resolved through the court process or a Detective assigned to the case has authorized the release. If the detective authorizes the release, you can contact the Property & Evidence Office (562) 799-4100 ext. 1114, for an appointment. You must have your report number and valid photo ID when picking up your property. (Firearms and Cash held as evidence included). 

* Evidence can only be claimed by the person named on the release. Letters will NOT be accepted.

Safe Keeping

*Property MUST be claimed within 60 days or it will be disposed of as prescribed by law.

In order to retrieve items being held as Safekeeping, the owner must present a valid photo ID.

The owner can designate another person to pick up the property for them; however, the designated person must have a notarized signed letter authorizing them to pick up the property.The notarized letter must include the name of the person authorized to pick up the property, description of the property, case number, and the signature of the property owner (signed and printed). In addition, the authorized person picking up the evidence MUST have a valid photo ID.

*Cash will only be returned to the owner; unless otherwise specified by the officer or assigned detective.


There are specific guidelines/procedures for firearms — NO EXCEPTIONS! 

California Penal Code Section 12021.3 states that any person who claims title to any firearm that is in the custody or control of a law enforcement agency and who wishes to have the firearm returned to him or her shall apply to the Department of Justice for determination of eligibility to possess a firearm.

If you wish to claim your firearm(s), you will need to apply with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a firearm eligibility clearance. The application form will instruct you how to obtain a clearance. You can obtain an application by either calling the Firearms Division at (916) 263-4887 or going to the DOJ- Firearms website. For the Law Enforcement Gun Release Application go here 


All property (confiscated and unclaimed) that are eligible for auction is outsourced to a local auction company to be auctioned to the public.