· Receiving, processing, and storing of property and evidence.
· Identification and return of evidence and property to rightful owners.
· Provide access to evidence for Officers and Detectives for review or criminal trials.
· Maintain and return personal property to prisoners incarcerated in Sedgwick County Jail.
· Return found property to rightful owners.
· Maintain records for vehicles that are impounded by Wichita Police Department.
· Send notifications to owners of impounded vehicles.
Information on the procedures for claiming property and vehicles is listed below. Follow these instructions to retrieve your property or vehicle.
No property will be released without valid photo identification!*
*Valid photo identification: Any government issued photo identification (such as a state issued driver's license, state issued identification card, military ID, passport, etc.)
All property taken by members of the Wichita Police Department as evidence will be available for return to the owner after the Property and Evidence Section has received confirmation that the item(s) are no longer needed as evidence.
· Personal Property:
All personal or inmate property must be retrieved within thirty (30) days. After seven (7) days of receiving property, a letter will be sent to both the jail and the inmate’s home address. The inmate will be responsible to give permission for someone other than themselves (using a completed and notarized Property Release Form also available at Property and Evidence) to pick up their belongings if still incarcerated. Note: A notary is not available at the Wichita Police Department (including Property & Evidence).
· Found Property:
Found property is only held for thirty (30) days. If we are aware of the owner, a letter will be sent to the last known address.
Procedures for claiming your property
If your property was taken as evidence in a case you will need to obtain a release from the case detective that has been assigned to your case. The case detective will route the release to our office if your property can be released. Please allow forty-eight (48) hours for this release to reach our office at 410 N. Waco.
Valid photo identification (any government issued photo identification such as state issued driver's license, state issue identification card, military ID, passport, etc.) is required when you come to our office to retrieve your property. Absolutely no property will be released without proper identification. If you are having someone other than yourself pick up your property, they will need to bring valid photo identification along with a completed and notarized Property Release Form (this form is also available at Property and Evidence) from the owner of the property giving them permission to pick up your property. Note: A notary is not available at the Wichita Police Department (including Property & Evidence).
Claiming Property of Finders Property:
If you are the finder of property you turned over to the Wichita Police Department you can claim the property after thirty (30) days. You will need to provide the police department case number from the incident you reported the property found. Per policy, guns are not able to be claimed.
Procedures for claiming your vehicle
You will need to have a current registration per state law (K.S.A., 8-1103) and valid photo identification (any government issued photo identification such as state issued driver's license, state issue identification card, military ID, passport, etc.) to claim your vehicle. If you are picking up a vehicle that is registered in someone’s name other than yourself, they will need to bring valid photo identification along with a completed and notarized Vehicle Release Form (this form is also available at Property and Evidence) from the owner giving them permission to pick up your vehicle plus the current registration. Note: A notary is not available at the Wichita Police Department (including Property & Evidence).
If your vehicle has been involved in a crime and has a hold placed on it, you will need to contact the case detective to obtain a release. The release can be faxed to the tow lot that holds your vehicle.
If you are protesting your impound fees, you will need to contact Municipal Court at 316-268-4629 to set up an impound hearing. You have five (5) business days after your vehicle has been impounded to obtain a hearing.
Impounded Vehicle Complaints (Other than contesting an impound):
Please send a written complaint to:
Property and Evidence
Attn: Joetta Richardson
410 N. Waco
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Locations of Impounded Auto Lots:
ARROW WRECKER 316-522-8156 – owner: Diane Richardson
531 E. MACARTHUR, 67216
HAPPY HOOKER 316-522-8908 – owner: Mark Yisidro Jr.
3760 ½ S. BROADWAY, 67216
TOW SERVICE 316-522-5353 – owner: Mark Yisidro
3760 S. BROADWAY, 67216
KEN’S AUTO TOW 316-941-4300 – owner: Monte Yisidro
3730 S. BROADWAY, 67216
BUD ROAT TOWING 316-267-2040 – owner: Bud Roat
310 N. HANDLEY, 67203
INTERSTATE 316-269-1133 – owner: Kevin Williams
1028 N. MOSLEY, 67214
SHERIFF’S IMPOUNDS 316-660-3888
HIGHWAY PATROL 316-744-0451
Lot hours to the public are 7 am – 7 pm every day.