Property & Evidence

Property and Evidence Unit

The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for receiving, storing, tracking and disposing of all property and evidence booked at the police department by sworn personnel and code enforcement officers.  Property is considered items held for safekeeping and found property.  Thousands of items are processed each year.  Entry into the property room is limited to authorized personnel.

Property Release

Property is released by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The Property and Evidence Unit is closed for lunch and on major holidays. Appointments can be made by calling 626.384.5645. A valid driver’s license or government identification card is required for all property releases.

The Property and Evidence Unit is located at:

Covina Police Department
444 N. Citrus Ave.
Covina, CA 91723

Release of property information

Property will only be released to the owner of that property. Proof of ownership may be required prior to the release of property along with proper identification. Property may be released to a third party only if sufficient documentation; such as a notarized release, is presented and the third party has proper identification.

Property which is evidence in a case must be authorized for release by the investigator handling that investigation. No evidence will be released without that investigator’s approval.

Property which is authorized for release and which is not claimed will be destroyed or auctioned in accordance with department policy.

Note-Firearms: Before any firearm is released, approval must be obtained from the investigating detective. Any person wishing to retrieve their firearm must submit a Law Enforcement Gun Release Application to the California Department of Justice (DOJ). A link for this application can be found at the bottom of this page. Once a DOJ clearance letter is received, you must make an appointment with the Property and Evidence Unit and pick up the firearm within 30 days of the date on the letter received from DOJ.