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Found property is held for a period of 90 days. If the property is unable to be returned to the rightful owner, it may be offered back to the finder. Note: Property that is contraband or evidence in an ongoing investigation may be held indefinitely.
Property held for "safekeeping" will be held for a period of at least 60 days. Firearms held for "safekeeping" are an exception.
Firearms held for "safekeeping" or evidence as a result of a family problem, a violent crime or potentially violent crime or mental health issue have special requirements for release. In those cases where the Police Department has confiscated a firearm(s) or other deadly weapon(s) and placed it into custody pursuant to Penal Code § 18250, 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.
For additional information on the firearm release process, contact the Property and Evidence Unit at 909-334-3233.
Yes. However, the person picking up the property must possess an original signed and dated "Letter of Permission" from the property owner, stating that they have been granted permission to retrieve the owner's property. The person should also have the police report number and a valid picture identification in the form of a California Driver's License, a California Identification Card, or a Passport.
Chino Police Department Property and Evidence Unit,
My name is John Smith. I am currently unable to retrieve my property under police report number 20xx-xxxxxx due to being hospitalized, incarcerated, etc. I hereby give permission for my mother, Jane Smith, to retrieve my property from the Chino Police Department Property and Evidence Unit.
If a citizen feels their property has been wrongly released or destroyed, the citizen may contact the Chino Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau at 909-334-3000. Upon notification, the Professional Standards Bureau will provide the necessary paperwork to file a claim against the City of Chino. Once the paperwork has been completed, the citizen must return the paperwork to the Professional Standards Bureau for processing.
To obtain photographs related to your case, please contact the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 909-334-3230 and ask for the detective in charge of your case to obtain authorization for the photographs to be released.