25.00.150 DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE (CALEA 84.1.1)
The Disposition of Property/Evidence is a continuing process by the Property/Evidence Unit. This process ensures that items no longer required for prosecution or follow-up are released to the legal owner, retained for Department use, auctioned or destroyed.
Unless otherwise governed by provisions of law, the officer/detective assigned to the case has final authority regarding the disposition of property or evidence held by the Department.
All Property/Evidence held in the Property/Evidence Unit will be challenged, at a minimum of:
v Felony crimes will be reviewed every 12 months
v Misdemeanors will be reviewed every 6 months
v Found Property and Property for Safekeeping will be reviewed every 60 days
v Property booked for disposal/destruction is reviewed immediately
v Other Property/Evidence not covered above will be processed according to Department policy or legal authority
v The Property Evidence Manual details the preferred procedures for release, conversion, auction and destruction of Property/Evidence
Disposition of Contraband and Weapons
Property that is contraband will be destroyed.
Firearms and other weapons will be disposed of as follows:
v Unclaimed or forfeited firearms, not retained by the Department for use in accordance with relevant statutes, will be disposed of in accordance with RCW Chapter 9.41 and/or Chapter 63.32 RCW and Bellevue City Code.
v Other weapons not retained for use by the Department will be disposed of in accordance with Chapter 63.32 RCW and Bellevue City Code.