The Evidence Section is responsible for maintaining the integrity of evidence and the chain of custody for all items submitted by officers and detectives. The Evidence Section is currently staffed by civilian employees and consists of one Supervisor and four Evidence Technicians.
Each member is trained to catalog, organize, store and release items such as cash, drugs, weapons, jewelry, electronics, bikes and biological fluids.
Items are generally divided into the following categories:
Evidence - Items that have collected or recovered in the course of an investigation that may be used in the prosecution of a case. These items are usually stored until a final disposition is made in the form of a court ruling and an Authorization to release is signed by the investigating Detective.
Safekeep - Items that are usually personal property located on an arrestee that are not pertinent to the crime.
Found property - Items collected by an employee or citizen that have no apparent evidential value and where the owner cannot be readily identified or contacted. These items are stored for 90 and then destroyed if not claimed.