Property & Evidence Section
Property items taken from crime scenes during a call for service or criminal investigation are stored in the Property & Evidence Section of the Holly Hill Police Department. One element for a successful prosecution depends on how the evidence is handled and preserved. If evidence is not properly packaged and documented at the time a police officer collects it at a crime scene, or if the property is not stored properly or the "chain of custody" is compromised, criminals may go free, putting our community and its citizens at risk.
Seized property stored by the Property & Evidence Section comes in many shapes and sizes. Items can be as small as a human hair or as large as a motor vehicle. The police department’s inventory can include guns, clothing, blood, furniture, vehicles, and literally the kitchen sink.
The Community Service Officer under the supervision of the Criminal Investigations Division supervisor ensures that the thousands of items submitted to the Property & Evidence Section each year are preserved from the time submitted, through the investigations and analysis, to the time returned to owner or disposal. Property & Evidence personnel respond to crime scenes to assist officers with forensic processing and the packaging and secure transport of physical evidence. When necessary, the Evidence Technician may also testify in court.
The evidence technician routinely handles items that contain dangerous or toxic substances, and can be exposed to health hazards such as AIDS, hepatitis, and other pathogens. Areas of expertise for persons assigned to the Property & Evidence Section include firearm handling, infection control, OSHA rules and regulations, chemical and biological handling and storage, courtroom procedures, radio procedures, crime scene management, and privacy and security regulations.
When a case is over and the property is no longer needed, every attempt is made to return items to the rightful owner. If the owner can't be found, the property is disposed of according to law or through safe destruction. Items of drug evidence are routinely incinerated at a special processing facility, and weapons and firearms which are considered contraband under federal or state law, or are deemed unsafe, are shredded using special metal working equipment. Evidence or property may be picked up at the Police Department with the proper release from the Office of the State Attorney or investigating officer. You may call to find out the status of your property.
Some items are stored off-site and appointments are necessary to pick up property. When claiming property a current, government-issued, picture identification and case number involving the items you wish to claim are required. If somebody is picking up property for you, you must provide a notarized letter naming the individual you are authorizing to claim the property. You may also make an appointment to view abandoned bicycles received by the Evidence Section. To make an appointment or for additional information, please contact the Evidence & Property Section at (386) 248-9415 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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