The Evidence and Property Department is staffed by a civilian evidence technician and is assisted by a sworn police officer. This unit is responsible for any type of property that is recovered by department members (officers, police service aides, crime scene investigators, etc.). Each item is classified as either 'found/abandoned property' or 'evidence'. This unit is accountable for all of the items which are stored in our evidence facility and ensures the availability of those items for court presentations and/or the return of the property to the rightful owner.
Disposing of Evidence & Property
The most important responsibility of the evidence technician is to ensure the integrity of the chain of custody of the evidence which is stored for criminal prosecution. Contraband, worthless or other illegal items are destroyed in accordance with Florida Statutes. Legal unclaimed property is either donated to a recognized nonprofit organization or properly disposed of, but only after it has been held for ninety days.
For assistance or more information on evidence and property, please contact us at (561) 741-2251. Our hours are Mondays through Thursdays (except holidays) from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.