601 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 615-4700

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Police Department

Evidence Unit

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Evidence BagThe evidence program is one of the most essential programs within the Department.  The handling of evidence is of paramount importance to the mission of the Police Department.

In October 2019, DB Consulting conducted its' third audit over six years of the Santa Clara Police Department's evidence program. The Property Room was rated in the top 1% in California. During the audit, particular attention was paid to the areas of weapons, cash, and narcotics. Issues in these areas may expose an agency to problems if they are not handled properly. 

The evidence is organized and tracked in our evidence tracking software program.  The Property Officer, using a Palm OS device, scans the barcode on the property tag as each item comes into and leaves the evidence room. This gives a detailed tracking report for each piece of evidence. 

Property Release

Property is released by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (408) 615-4727. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays. In order to claim property, the owner of the property must provide a valid ID at the appointment. In some cases, a court order may be required to obtain property items.

Property booked as Safekeeping will be held for 60 days. Safekeeping property not claimed within 60 days will be disposed of in accordance with California Civil Code. Found property items will be held for 90 days. Property booked as evidence is not available for release until 60 days after court adjudication of the case. A court order may be required to obtain property items in some cases.

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