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Property and Evidence Unit

The Property & Evidence Unit maintains the integrity and security of evidence that is seized at the crime scenes by Patrol Officers, Detectives, and the Evidence Technician.  With advanced training in property room management and crime scene processing, this unit is where prosecution of a case begins.

Evidence collection, the storage and preparation of evidence for court, forensic examination of items and, above all, maintenance and integrity of evidence leads to successful prosecution. 

Continued education and timely use of knowledge both in our lab and at crime scenes helps promote public safety and awareness of technology and its application to law enforcement.

The Evidence and Property Technician is responsible for:

  • Storing and safeguarding of evidence, and property that is found, relinquished, or taken for safekeeping
  • Responding to crime scenes as a part of the Clackamas County Inter-Agency Major crimes team   
  • Processing requests to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and for court trials
  • Facilitating film processing and fingerprinting of items
  • Coordinating the viewing of property, responding to public records and subpoena requests
  • Maintaining records relating to all property and evidence
  • Preparing items for auction with contractor, or disposing and destruction of property as appropriate

Found – Unclaimed Property

Per Oregon State Statute, found property is held for 90 days and then disposed of or sent to auction.

Unclaimed property is deemed abandoned property and will also be disposed of or auctioned according to state law. See Found/Unclaimed Property below for more information.   

Return of Property

The Property Unit will need to have a release authorization from the appropriate court for any and all property that has been held as evidence for a Court proceeding. When the authorization is received, the owner of the evidence is contacted by the Property/Evidence unit by mail.

If you have had property seized for safekeeping or as evidence, you should have been given a property receipt at the time of seizure. Outlined on the back of the receipt is information pertinent to retrieving your property. Each receipt has a receipt number in the top left corner and/or a case number in the top right corner that you should reference when contacting the Evidence Technician. See How to Claim Property below for more information.   

Release of Property by Appointment Only

The Evidence Technician processes property and evidence release by appointment only and identification is required. 
Contact:

Don Hemstreet    Email: HemstreetD@canbypolice.com Phone:  503-266-0761
Appt. Hours: Monday thru Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fax:  503 266-9316
Address: 1175 NW 3rd Ave  Canby, Or 97013  

 

Found / Unclaimed Property

Public Notice

The Canby Police Department has in its physical possession unclaimed personal property (an owner cannot be found) described in the PDF form below. 

If you have any ownership interest in any of this unclaimed property, you must file a claim with the Canby Police Department within 30 days from the date on the attached notice, or you will lose your interest in that property.


See How to Claim Property below for additional information on claiming your property.

If you believe some of this property is yours, contact:
Don Hemstreet, Property and Evidence Officer
Phone 503-266-0761 or Fax 503-266-9316   
HemstreetD@canbypolice.com

OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM  

ADDRESS: Canby Police Department - 1175 NW Third Avenue, Canby, OR  97013

Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the property, the circumstances of its loss and proof of ownership as necessary.

Positive identification is required before property will be released.

If not claimed, items may be sold at auction, destroyed, donated, or returned to the finder.

Claiming Property

Notice

You must retrieve in-custody or safekeeping property within 60 days of the date it was seized by the Canby Police Department or it will be disposed of as provided by law. See How to Claim Notice for more information. Releases are made by appointment only during office hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You may also complete the form Request for Release of Property and submit it to the Property Technician (contact below) to begin the process. 

Contact: 

Don Hemstreet, Property and Evidence Officer    
HemstreetD@canbypolice.com
Phone 503-266-0761 or Fax 503-266-9316                   
1175 NW Third Avenue  
Canby, OR   97013

NOTE: We will not release property involved in an ownership dispute until rightful ownership is determined. 

You must present photo identification and one of the following:

1) The property in custody report that lists you as the owner of the property.
2) Possess a notarized statement from the owner of the property granting authority to you to receive their property.

Evidence and Stolen Property:

All property taken by the Canby Police Department as evidence in a crime or stolen property will be held until destruction is ordered by the trial court or it is ordered released by the Clackamas County District Attorney's office. Abandoned and Found Property

Abandoned property will be held for a period of 90 days from the date deemed abandoned (including abandonment of found property by a finder). If the property is not retrieved within this 90-day period it will be disposed of according to ORS 98.245.


Found Property / Finders Claim Information

If you are the finder of property and have turned it over to the Canby Police Department, you may be eligible to file a finder’s claim. Contact the Property/Evidence Officer or go to http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors098.html

 

Release of Weapons:

To have a weapon(s) returned, in addition to complying with the procedures above, the claimant must complete a written Firearms Release Request form.   

A background check will be performed to ascertain the eligibility of the claimant to possess the weapon. The required background checks can take up to 30 days and an appointment will be scheduled when these checks are complete. The Canby Police Department will not release ammunition on the same day as a weapon.


Canby Police • 1175 NW 3rd Ave. • Canby, OR 97013
Emergency Dial 911 • Non-Emergency Dispatch 503-655-8211 • Business Phone: (503) 266-1104

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