The Atascadero Police Department division of Property and Evidence exists as a function of the Investigations Unit. Property and Evidence personnel are responsible for all property taken in and released from the department, as well as for preparing evidence for court and processing crime scenes. Released property is available for pick up by appointment only during regular business hours.
Crime Scene Investigations
The Atascadero Police Department Property and Evidence Technician is allied with the Investigations Unit and is responsible for the collection and storage of evidence and property, including forensic or trace evidence. The Property and Evidence Technician responds to crime scenes to assist with the more complex identification and recovery of evidence. That evidence may include fingerprints, blood and semen samples, tool marks, or photographs. As even a casual viewer of the current proliferation of "CSI" television shows can attest, criminal investigations are more often demanding detailed and highly scientific crime scene investigations.
To ensure the most contemporary knowledge and skills in crime scene investigation and evidence recovery, the Property and Evidence Technician regularly attends highly specialized training seminars and maintains a membership in state and national property and evidence organizations.
Crime scene investigations and evidence recovery are not the only functions of the Property and Evidence Technician. Equally important to the Department's integrity and the ultimate successful prosecution of a crime is the proper, safe, and secure storage of evidence which is the responsibility of the Property and Evidence Technician. Evidence is of no value in a criminal prosecution if its security and untampered condition can be questioned.
Types of Property Held
All Other Items
All unclaimed property and evidence are sold through an online auction at PropertyRoom.com. The proceeds from the auction are deposited into the City’s general fund. The website features a stolen property repository. It is a nationwide registry where victims may register stolen items. Sign-up is free.
PropertyRoom.com personnel record serial numbers of all items they receive and check these numbers against their "Stolen Property Registry."
If you have property in the custody of the Department that you would like returned, contact the Property and Evidence Technician, Ryan Enfantino, at (805) 470-3264 first to learn if the property can be released. If the property is available for release, you can schedule an appointment to pick it up. Property is only returned Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays, from 8 am until 5 pm.