Property & Evidence

Red Bluff Police Property & Evidence

General Information & Release of Property
The Red Bluff Police Department's Property & Evidence Unit is part of the Support/Special Services Division of the police department. The unit is overseen by Lt. Matt Hansen and it is staffed by one full time Property Officer.  The property unit retains evidence connected with criminal cases, as well as those items being held for safekeeping and items of found property with no known owner.

Property release days and times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00 pm. During those hours, property is released on a first-come first-served walk-in basis. Releases outside of those hours require an appointment and are reserved for emergencies and extenuating circumstances.

Evidence items are held for as long as necessary while their respective cases work their way through the judicial system. Personal property being held as evidence may only be released once a criminal case is adjudicated and the police department has an evidence release memorandum from the District Attorney's Office. Safekeeping property is held for a period of 60 days, at which point it is subject to disposal if not claimed by its owner. Found Property is subject to disposal after 90 days if an owner does not come forward or one cannot be located. All property held by the Red Bluff Police is releasable only to the property owner (or property owner's parent/guardian if the owner is a juvenile). A property owner may authorize a 3rd party to pick their item(s) up with a notarized release form. This property authorization form may be obtained from the front counter. Firearms will not be released to anyone except the registered owner, as listed in the California automated firearms system. If you are seeking the return of a firearm being held by the police department, you must obtain a Law Enforcement Gun Release (LEGR) from the CA Dept. of Justice, before the firearm will be returned to you. An LEGR application may be obtained on-line at or at the front counter. Additionally, you must also be the owner of record on file with the Dept. of Justice for the specific firearm you are seeking return of.

Beginning December 1, 2021, applicants must electronically submit a Law Enforcement Release (LER) application for the return of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or ammunition feeding device(s) via the California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS). Applicants that do not already have a CFARS account will be required to create an account in order to directly communicate with the Department and to check the status of an application.

The Department will no longer accept paper LER application (BOF 119) submissions. Paper applications received via US mail, UPS, FedEx., etc., postmarked after November 30, 2021, will be returned unprocessed with instructions on how to submit the application via CFARS.

For additional information regarding the Law Enforcement Release process, please refer to Information on the Law Enforcement Release Program webpage. For more information about CFARS, please visit the Firearms Reporting & Law Enforcement Release Application webpage.

Property and Evidence Release form

Auction of Police Seized Property, Vehicles, Etc.

The police department does not directly auction items to the public.  All unclaimed property of value is sent to the police auction company, You may preview items for bidding submitted by this agency as well as other law enforcement agencies at that website.