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Property and Evidence Bureau

The Property and Evidence Bureau is responsible for the processing and storage of property and evidence within the police department. Evidence is stored and protected until its proper disposition as directed by the courts or department policy. Below is a list of instructions on how to obtain property which has been stored for safekeeping or evidence.

The Property Bureau is open for releases Wednesday-Thursday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Property Bureau can be reached at (714) 765-1849 for any further questions. The Bureau is closed on holidays.

RELEASE OF EVIDENCE
You MUST contact the investigator assigned to the case and request a release. If the investigator authorizes the release, you can contact the Evidence Bureau at (714) 765-1849 to schedule an appointment. You must have your report number and valid photo ID when picking up your property. (Firearms and cash held as evidence included).

(See Firearms/Safekeeping procedures for releasing guidelines)

(See Cash/Currency/Safekeeping procedures for releasing guidelines)

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

RELEASE OF SAFEKEEPING ITEMS

  • Property MUST be claimed within 60 days or it will be destroyed.

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 signed letter authorizing them to pick up the property. The 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 item(s) MUST have a valid photo ID.

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

RELEASE OF FIREARMS HELD FOR SAFEKEEPING
There are specific guidelines/procedures for firearms – NO EXCEPTIONS!
For firearm inquiries and releases, please contact Mr. Joseph Hockenberry at (714) 765-1706.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I GET MY PROPERTY BACK?

Release of items held as Evidence:
You MUST contact the investigator assigned to the case and request a release. If the investigator authorizes the release, you can contact the Evidence Bureau at (714) 765-1849 to schedule an appointment. You must have your report number and valid photo ID when picking up your property. (Firearms and cash held as evidence included).
(See Firearms/Safekeeping procedures for releasing guidelines)
(See Cash/Currency/Safekeeping procedures for releasing guidelines)

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

Release of items held for Safekeeping:

  • Property MUST be claimed within 60 days or it will be destroyed.

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 signed letter authorizing them to pick up the property. The 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 item(s) MUST have a valid photo ID.

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

Release of Firearms held for Safekeeping
There are specific guidelines/procedures for firearms – NO EXCEPTIONS!
For firearm inquiries and releases, please contact Mr. Joseph Hockenberry at (714) 765-1706.

 

Release of cash /current held for Safekeeping
Please contact Ms. Pat Willis at (714) 765-1589 or Ms. Nicole Rapp at (714) 765-1537. A letter from the owner is NOT accepted when picking up cash. Cash will only be returned to the owner, unless otherwise specifed by the officer or detective assigned to the case.

Release of bicycles held for Safekeeping
Please contact the Evidence Bureau at (714) 765-1849 to schedule an appointment to pick up bicycles, scooters or any other motorized bikes.

Arriving at the Police Station
Upon arrival at the Anaheim Police Main Station, located at 425 S. Harbor Boulevard, please enter the building into the front lobby. You do not need to wait in line. Instead, you will find a phone located on the west wall of the lobby with a red signed labeled “Direct Phone Line”. This phone will automatically connect you with the Evidence Bureau.

Releasing Hours
Releasing hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.