Property and Evidence

Property is released Monday through Thursday by appointment only.

For found, recovered or property held for safekeeping:

Call the Property Room at (760) 329-2904 x340 or email us at Leave a message with all of the following information:

  • Property owner's name
  • Telephone number
  • Report number
  • Type of article looking for (i.e., handbag, laptop, etc.)

Your call will be returned, at which time an appointment will be made for you to retrieve your property.

When you arrive for your appointment, you must have a Photo ID (unless the property you are retrieving is your photo ID).

Please note that property will not be released to anyone else on your behalf without a notarized letter or a court order.

For property held as evidence:

  • Contact the detective assigned to your case PRIOR to contacting the Property Room.  If the property is required for trial / court, you may not be able to retrieve it prior to adjudication.
  • If the detective assigned to your case approves the release of your property, they will notify the Property Technician, and we will call you to make an appointment for retrieval.
  • If required, obtain a Court Order; bring the order (original with a red stamp) to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.  The Order will be routed through the detective to the Property Room.  The Property Technician will contact you when the property is ready for pick-up (these processes may take several days).

For firearms:

Please note all firearms and their owners, per California Penal Code Section 33855, must be cleared through the Department of Justice by submitting a Law Enforcement Release application and receive an approval letter from the Department of Justice, prior to release.  You can access the necessary Department of Justice FORMS.

Once you have received an approval letter, you may contact the Property Room for an appointment.

Please be aware, that the application process can take up to 90 days.

For lost property inquiries:

Please visit

If you think we may have an item that belongs to you, please call us and provide a detailed description of the item, a lost date, serial number (if applicable), and an area where it may have been lost at.


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