PROPERTY & EVIDENCE

The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for the proper storage of all items collected by department personnel or submitted to the department, as prescribed by state and federal laws. These will be items for evidence, safekeeping, found property, or items to be destroyed. The unit coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies for the forensic analysis of evidentiary items, preserves the items for possible future analysis, as well as assuring lawful releases or dispositioning of all property.

Our Property and Evidence Unit are members of CAPE (California Association of Property and Evidence) as well as IAPE (International Association of Property and Evidence). They receive continual, training regarding legislative updates, industry standards, and safety updates as crime and narcotics trends evolve.

The unit is also responsible for conducting follow-up investigations regarding found property, confiscated firearms and lost/stolen firearms. They ensure all items are entered into national databases accurately and utilize federal searches to establish firearm history and to locate owners of found property.

The Property and Evidence Unit can be contacted at 951-723-1526, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. We can answer any questions regarding your property and the processes required to retrieve each item. Walk in hours are Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

When will my property be available for release?

Safekeeping and found property are available for release immediately except for firearms. There are specific guidelines pertaining to firearms. Evidence is held until complete adjudication of the case has occurred, or a Certified Copy of a signed court order is provided to the Evidence Specialist. Any property seized pursuant to a search warrant requires a court order to release the property per California Penal Code § 1536.

How do I pick-up my property?

Property walk-in hours are Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., these are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. You may also schedule an appointment with the Evidence Specialist by calling 951-723-1526, or by emailing EvidenceRequest@menifeepolice.org. You will need to have a VALID, GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID for the pick-up of any items.

Can I claim the property that I found?

Upon turning found property over to department personnel, finders may sign an Affidavit of Finder of Property statement. Items will be held for 90 days. After 90 days, finders may contact the Evidence Specialist for information on how to claim property. Unclaimed items will be disposed of according to law.

How do I retrieve my firearm?

Firearms are held as prescribed per penal code. Once the firearm is available for release, the Evidence Specialist will contact the owner of the firearm. If there is no recorded owner of the firearm, proof of ownership must be provided before the release process can begin. The requesting party must be the recorded owner of the firearm, and a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application must be approved prior to the release of the firearm. More information and legal updates can be found on the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms website. The following forms can be accessed through the CFARS website: Firearm Ownership Report, New Resident Report of Firearm Ownership, Report of Operation of Law, Report of Intra-Familial Firearm Transaction, and the Law Enforcement release Application. An Ammunition Eligibility Check can also be self-administered on this CFARS website. The Menifee Police Department suggests that you create a user profile on the CFARS website so that users will have full functionality, including the ability to view activity history, receive electronic notifications, and submit questions to DOJ.

If you have any questions about the process of retrieving a firearm, please contact the Evidence Specialist at 951-723-1526, or by emailing EvidenceRequest@menifeepolice.org.