Property & Evidence Unit


General Information

The Property & Evidence Unit provides for the safe, efficient and careful handling and preservation of all property and evidence that comes into the Department’s control. The Unit ensures that all actions with the property and evidence are accurately documented until it is no longer needed for investigative purposes or court proceedings and can be either returned to the owner or disposed of in accordance with the law.

The Property & Evidence Unit receives, catalogs, organizes, safely stores, researches, purges, and maintains the integrity of evidence, found property and property for safekeeping. This Unit is also responsible for the issuance of equipment and supplies for the officers at the Selma Police Department.

When property and evidence is cleared for disposition, it is returned to its owner/finder or destroyed in compliance with the law. Persons authorized to receive such property and evidence will be notified by mail.

Release of Property

If you have received a notification to pick up your property, please call to make an appointment. No property will be released until it has been authorized by the investigating officer. Sometimes the property and evidence may need to be retained for additional court proceedings or further investigations.

Photo identification is required for all property and evidence releases.  Bring official valid photo identification with you at the time of your appointment (driver’s license, state ID card, passport, military ID card or immigration card).

The most common problem with returning property is locating the owner due to changes in address, telephone numbers, and telephone disconnections.  If you have property in the Property and Evidence Unit, please keep the Unit informed of all changes. 

The rightful owner may designate another person to pick up their property by power of attorney or notarized letter. Next of Kin will need to provide a certified copy of decedents death certificate, estate rights, and/or an affidavit or declaration which complies with California Probate Code 13101.

Release of Firearms

Once the Selma Police Department has determined that a firearm is available for release, a notification will be mailed to retrieve the firearm. The individual seeking the return of the firearm must then submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application with applicable fees to the Department of Justice (PC 12021.3).

The application is available online at: or by calling (916) 227-7527. The application form will instruct you how to obtain a firearm eligibility clearance. It may take up to 90 days to process the application. If granted, the determination letter will be valid for 30 days from the date of the letter. You must bring this letter with you to your appointment.

Additional Information

Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Closed for Court, Holidays and Vacation

Alan Jones
[email protected]
Interim Property/Evidence Technician
(559) 891-2210

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