Property / Evidence

The property and evidence technician is responsible for maintaining and managing the chain of custody of all property in the police department including evidence, found property and seized property. The property and evidence technician is also trained to respond to assist with collection of evidence in crime scenes. In addition, the property and evidence technician is tasked with managing the Volunteers In Policing program as well as ordering supplies for all divisions in the police department.

If your property has been seized by the Clearlake Police Department and you want to have it returned, or if you have lost property and want to know if the Police Department has found it, contact the Property and Evidence Technician by calling 707-994-8251 and press extension 308 or choose option 3 at the prompt. Hours of operation during which you can claim property and evidence are Monday through Thursday (excluding Holidays and weekends) from 08:00am – 04:00pm. 

Any person who claims title to any firearm that is in the custody or control of a court or law enforcement agency and wishes to have the firearm returned shall submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to determine whether he/she is eligible to possess a firearm (Penal Code 12021.3). The application is available on line at Bureau of Firearms, California Department of Justice, in the right hand column of this webpage, or by calling (916) 263-4887. It may take up to 30 days to process the application.If the firearm has been taken as evidence in a crime or suspected crime, clearance may have to be obtained from the investigating officer.

Please do not bring explosives, chemicals, or hazardous materials to the police department…call first! If you encounter such an item, do not touch, handle, or attempt to move it yourself. The police department will determine the proper way to remove the item in a safe manner. Old explosives, fireworks, ammunition, and chemicals can become very unstable and sensitive to movement. When handled incorrectly, these items can explode. Specifically trained experts must handle these items. An officer will respond to your home and inspect the item before contacting trained experts to remove it.