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    Property Management Section Responsibilities 

    Receive, store, track and dispose of property and evidence in a lawful manner. Preserve evidence for possible future laboratory examination. Maintain chain of custody for prosecution purposes. Provide accurate information to the public. Return safekeeping property to individuals in a timely manner.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are your hours of operation?

    The Pasadena Police Department’s Property Management Section’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.  The public window hours for the return of property are Tuesday through Thursday from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm.    

    Money is released by appointment ONLY during the public window hours.  You may make an appointment by calling (626) 744-4510.   

    If you have any questions, the Property Management Section can be reached at 626-744-4510. The Property Management Section Supervisor can be reached at (626) 744-6429.  The Property Management Section Administrator can be reached at (626) 744-4604. 

    How do I get my property back? 

    Found property is held for a period of 90 days. At that time the property is either auctioned or disposed of per department policy. The finder of any property/cash that is not claimed within those 90 days can apply to retrieve the property/cash if they so wish. Information on how to do this is available by calling (626) 744-4510.

    Safekeeping property is held for a period of at least 60 days. If the owner is incarcerated, they must make arrangements to have the property picked up within the 60 day period. Safekeeping property not retrieved after the 60 day period will be auctioned or disposed of per departmental policy.

    Firearms held as safekeeping as the result of a family disturbance, mental health issues or other incidents have special requirements for release:

    All persons attempting to retrieve their firearm(s) must obtain a clearance through the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms. The Law Enforcement Gun Release Application can be obtained at the link below. 

  • TProperty Managmenthe application must be completed by the registered owner of the firearm and mailed to the Department of Justice. The approval process can take as long as six weeks. In cases involving WIC 5150, weapons/firearms can only be released after a court hearing has been held and authorization by the Department of Justice has been obtained. Firearms releases are by appointment only. Call (626) 744-4510 for further information.

    Other items held as evidence can only be released with the permission of the investigating officer (in felony cases), or the City Prosecutor's Office (in misdemeanor and infraction cases). If the owner does not claim the items or cannot be located, they will be auctioned or disposed of per departmental policy.

    Can someone else pick up property besides the owner?  

    In certain situations, someone else than the owner may pick up items if prior arrangements have been made. Call (626) 744-4510 for information in this area.

    What recourse do citizens have if property has been wrongly released or destroyed?

    The citizen may contact the Pasadena City Clerk's Office at (626) 744-4124 to file a claim for reimbursement.

    Does the Pasadena Police Department auction their unclaimed property and evidence?

    Yes. All auction items are handled through an auction company called Property Bureau. They are an online auction firm similar to E-Bay. You may check their web site at http://www.propertyroom.com for further information.

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