Property & Evidence Division

The Property and Evidence Section currently holds over 82,000 items of evidence, found property and property held as safekeeping.  The Property & Evidence Section receives an average of 1,220 items of evidence monthly.  A computerized bar coding system is used to maintain the detailed records necessary for the presentation of evidence in court.

Property which cannot be returned to its owner will be disposed of by auction thru the PropertyRoom.com, www.propertyroom.com or in the case of contraband, by legally destroying it.

How to Claim Property

  • Releases are made by appointment only and photo ID will be required
  • Information on how to claim property is provided below.

 

Evidence

All property taken by members of the Medford Police Department as evidence will be available for return to the owner after the Property & Evidence Section has received confirmation that the item(s) are no longer needed as evidence and the case is closed.

Wait 30 days after adjudication of your case to contact the Evidence Section for release information.

Found Property/Finders Claim Information:

Found property with no owner listed is only held for 30 days.

If you are the finder of property you may be eligible to file a finder’s claim (ORS 98.005).  Contact the Property & Evidence Section immediately for additional information.

Visit the website for the Oregon Revised Statutes http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/98.005 as to the regulations governing the rights and duties of a finder.

 

Weapons

Prior to any weapons being released, a background check will be performed to ascertain your eligibility to receive these weapons.

 

Safekeeping

Items will be held for 30 days for pick-up by the owner. After 30 days, the items will be destroyed.

**Please note that Property Control does not deal with real estate/property questions or referrals.

 

Unclaimed Property

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

The Medford Police Department has in its physical possession the unclaimed personal property described below.  If you have any ownership interest in any of that unclaimed property, you must file a claim with the Medford Police Department within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice, or you will lose your interest in that property.  Sufficient description of the property to establish reasonable certainty that the person claiming the property is the owner must be presented.  Various bicycles, scooters, electronics, personal items, computer equipment, currency coins, sporting goods, jewelry, tools, collectibles and other miscellaneous items.  To file a claim please contact:  Medford Police Department - Evidence Division, 821 N. Columbus Ave, Medford, OR 97501 (541) 774-2662.

 

Forensic Support Unit - FSU

The Forensic Support Unit was created in July of 2003. The FSU is located at the Medford Police Department Property Control Facility and currently consists of one forensic technician.

The mission of this unit is to provide forensic services to the officers and detectives of the Medford Police Department in order to assist them with the investigation of criminal cases within the City of Medford. The FSU responds to an average of forty crime scenes per year in support of the Medford Police Department.

Our forensic technician provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, and provides expert testimony related to the physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.

Other Property & Evidence Division Duties

Other duties of the Property & Evidence Division include: transporting evidence to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for processing; testifying in court cases; responds to major crime scene’s. 

The Property & Evidence Division is currently staffed by 1 Property & Evidence Supervisor, 3 full-time and 1 Latent Print/Forensic Technician.