Property and Evidence Unit
Melissa Mondragon, Evidence Supervisor
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 6:00am to 4:00pm
Phone 650-780-7177 or Fax 650-780-7112
The Redwood City Police Department Property Unit is considered the custodian of all items collected by Department personnel or submitted to the department as items for safekeeping, found property, items collected as evidence or items to be destroyed. They are also responsible for the proper storage, preservation and lawful release or dispositions of property.
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 cleared and authorized.
- Proof of ownership may be required
- Valid picture identification required
- Property is released by appointment only
Property Taken as Evidence
The Property and Evidence Unit is governed by state law on all pieces of property. In some cases property must be held the entire length of a criminal or civil trial and may be held for the length of the possible appeal period.
When the case has been concluded by court or other means, the Property and Evidence Unit will mail out notification to the rightful owners of the property. If you receive a letter, your property is available for pick-up at the police department. The letter is mailed to the address listed in police reports. It is the responsibility of the owners to contact the Property and Evidence Unit with changes of address. Please be sure to call for an appointment to pick-up your property.
Found property is held for a period of 90 days. If the value is over $450.00, The Redwood City police Department will place an article in the paper to notify the public of the found property. The owner will then have 7 days to contact the Property and Evidence Unit. If the property is unclaimed after that time, the items can be claimed by the finder.
Property Held for Safekeeping
Safekeeping items are held for a period of 90 days. Notification will be sent to the owner.
Unclaimed property is auctioned through Propertyroom.com
Property Seized Under a Search Warrant
Property seized as a result of a search warrant requires a court order per 1535-1540 PC.
Firearms Held for Safekeeping or Evidence
In cases where the Redwood City Police Department has confiscated a firearm(s) or other deadly weapon(s) into custody pursuant to Penal Code § 12028.5, a petition may be initiated in the Superior Court within 60 days of seizure to determine whether the firearm(s) or other deadly weapon(s) should be returned. (A petition may be filed to extend the time to 90 days if necessary.)
Once the Redwood City Police Department has determined that a firearm is available for release, you will be sent a notification to pick-up the firearm, the individual seeking the return of the firearm must then submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application to the Department of Justice (PC 12021.3). The application is available online at www.ag.ca.gov/firearms or by calling (916) 263-4887. The application form will instruct you how to obtain a firearm eligibility clearance. It may take up to 30 days to process the application. If granted, the determination notice will be valid for 30 days from the date of the notice. You must bring this notice with you to your appointment. If you have never registered your firearm, you will also be required to fill out a Firearms Ownership Record and submit this with your LEGR application. The FOR application is available online at https://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/volreg.pdf.