Property & Evidence
The mission statement of the Property and Evidence Section of the Technical Services Bureau is to provide the Wichita Police Department with professional service in the intake, storage, handling, and disposal of all evidence, found and personal property. Secondly to provide the public with their property in the most timely manner legally possible.
The Property and Evidence Section is responsible for maintaining care and custody of all evidence, personal and found property submitted by the police department. Inventory is kept by logging all properties in the computer system. Property and Evidence auctions all unclaimed properties via the Internet.
- 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.
Property auctions are now viewed year-round via internet sites.
Please log on to the PropertyRoom website to see all Wichita Police property being auctioned.
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 hours for this release to reach our office at 410 N Waco.
Please note: Valid photo identification (any government-issued driver's license, state-issued identification card, military ID, passport, etc.) is required when you retrieve your property.
NO property will be released without proper identification!
Claiming Property as Finder Property
If you are the finder of the property you turned over to the Wichita Police Department, you can claim the property after thirty 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.
- Where is the Property and Evidence Section located?
Property and Evidence is located at 410 N Waco on the northeast corner of Third and Waco. The public entrance is the furthest south door on the west side of the building.
Download the Property and Evidence Map (PDF).
- What phone number do I call to check on my property?
Please contact 316-303-8220.
- How do I claim my property after an incident?
If your property is turned in as physical evidence on a case, you will need to call the detective that has been assigned to your case. You can obtain this information through our section at 316-303-8220, the WPD Records Section at 316-268-4186, or the Investigations Section your particular case has been assigned to.
- How long does the Police Department hold evidence?
It depends on the type of case. Case law mandates we hold evidence for 5 years or longer depending on the statute of limitations for the particular criminal offense.
- How long does the Police Department hold found or personal property?
Per policy and procedure, found and personal property is only held for thirty days. Letters are sent out to owners explaining our procedures.
- What do I need to claim a bicycle?
You will need valid photo identification (any government-issued photo identification such as a state-issued driver's license, state-issued identification card, military ID, passport, etc.), your WPD report case number, or a vivid description of your bicycle and/or serial number.
- Can a person claim property if they are the finder and turn it in?
Yes. You will have to prove you made a police report and were the finder of the property. Property is held for thirty days before it can be claimed by the finder. Per policy, guns are excluded from being claimed by the finder as all guns are turned in as evidence.