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Evidence/ Property

The Placer County Sheriff’s Evidence Unit covers a variety of duties including Photography and Evidence Collection from crime scenes and autopsies.  Other duties include Laboratory Processing, AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), storage and inventory management of property and evidence.  They also provide support to the Patrol Division and Investigations Division.

Property Auction

Placer County Sheriff's Office utilizes the services of  to auction recovered, lawfully seized, or unclaimed property of every kind and description, remaining unclaimed for 90 days or more, except for firearms. 

Property Room makes our auction items available on line, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Items sent to auction typically include bicycles, electronics, jewelry, coins, tools, musical instruments, sporting equipment and more.

AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System)

The Evidence Unit conducts latent and inked fingerprint analysis.  Latent prints are developed by evidence technicians or deputies from crime scenes or in the evidence lab.  The latent prints are then analyzed and searched through several databases such as Department of Justice, WIN (Western Identification Network), and FBI.  AFIS will provide a list of possible matches.  A technician conducts the comparisons and a second technician verifies the information.

Crime Scene Evidence Collection

Qualified technicians are on call during evenings and weekends for crime scene call out. Technicians respond to assist investigations and patrol with photography, evidence collection, sketching, and packaging while maintaining the chain of custody and preserving the evidence for future examination and testing.

Laboratory Processing

Our laboratory is stocked with technical equipment, chemicals and powders used in the processing of evidence. The equipment includes an alternate light source, digital and 35mm cameras, electrostatic dust print lifter, superglue chamber and fume hood. The chemicals and powders are utilized to enhance latent (hidden) prints making them visible.

Property and Evidence Storage

Our property storage facility is used to store evidence on criminal cases, found property, and safekeeping items.  The evidence is retained based on the type of crime, the status of the case, and the penal code statutes.  Found and Safekeeping properties are offered back immediately if the owners are known.  

Contact Information 

The Evidence Unit is a callout unit and may have to leave the office to conduct field work.  Because of this we highly suggest you call to make an appointment if you have business to conduct with our unit. 

Appointment hours          Monday – Friday               8am to 3pm

Hours of operation          Monday – Friday               7am to 5pm

Closed on most holidays.

Phone:  530-889-7840