Property and Evidence

 

An appointment is required to pick up property.

Please be advised the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office does not hold evidence for other local agencies. If you are lodged at the Jackson County Jail, please be sure to check your documents for the arresting agency for the location of your property.

 To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Property and Evidence
Phone: 541-774-6832
Address: 5179 Crater Lake Hwy
Central Point OR, 97502
 
Hours
Monday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday-Sunday: N/A

 

If a deputy issued you a property receipt, items listed on the receipt are under the protection of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Please review the appropriate directions below to recover your property.

Definitions

Evidence - Includes items taken or recovered in the course of an investigation that may be used in the prosecution of a case.

Found Property - Includes property found by an employee or citizen that has no apparent evidentiary value and where the owner cannot be readily identified or contacted.

Safekeeping - Includes the following types of property:

  • Property obtained by the Sheriff’s Office for safekeeping, such as a firearm
  • Personal property of an arrestee not taken as evidence
  • Property taken for safekeeping under authority of a law

 

Property Handling

Found Property Every effort is made to contact owners of property recovered by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. If an owner is identified, a letter will be sent to the last known address with a deadline to claim your property.  After the deadline has passed pursuant to ORS 98.425 any unclaimed property is disposed of. Items with unidentified owners are held for 90 days.

Evidence

Evidence of a criminal case will not be released until the case has been adjudicated in its entirety and the retention period has passed. All charged individuals must have a disposition upon the completion of a case review. If you are unsure of the disposition of your case, you may contact Property and Evidence and request a case review. If items were seized with a warrant, additional documents must be submitted to the courts prior to release. Proof of ownership will be required prior to the release of property.

Safekeeping

A letter notifying you that your property is being held and is ready for release will be sent to your last known address. After the deadline listed on the letter has passed, the property is disposed of pursuant to ORS 98.425.

Marijuana

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will not return marijuana, to include medical marijuana, to anyone for any reason. If a Sheriff’s Office employee returns marijuana to a subject they would be in violation of the Federal Controlled Substance Act that prohibits the distribution and possession of marijuana and may be subject to federal criminal prosecution.

Items for Consumption

Items that can be consumed or ingested by a person will not be returned to the public once received by Property and Evidence. This includes prescription medicine, food items, perishables and marijuana products.

Storing of Lodged Person’s Property

Items larger than a backpack and weapons must be stored for safekeeping at 5179 Crater Lake Hwy, Central Point, OR 97502. A property receipt will be placed with the inmate's property at the jail indicating where the property is located and how to pick it up.

  • An administrative inventory of the property shall be conducted for the purpose of protecting an arrested person's personal property by itemizing and issuing a receipt for valuable items and ensuring the safety and security of the Evidence Division. 
  • Closed containers designed to or objectively likely to contain valuables or dangerous items shall be opened and inventoried.

Firearms

Prior to release of any firearm, a criminal history must be run on the person taking possession of the firearm. Firearms shall not be released to:

  • Anyone with a felony conviction or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Anyone with a Stalking Protective Order where the Brady Act applies.
  • Any person who is illegally or unlawfully in the country except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)))
  • Fugitives or persons ordered by courts not to possess firearms.
  • Anyone who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Anyone having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship.
  • Anyone who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution at 16 years of age or older.

If a protection order subject to the provisions of ORS 166.255 is terminated or expires without renewal, any firearms or ammunition surrendered pursuant to the order shall be returned upon the request of the respondent after the following actions are taken (ORS 166.257):

  • Notify the Department of Justice of the request.
  • Confirm that the protection order is no longer in effect.
  • Confirm through a background check that the respondent is legally eligible to own or
  • possess firearms and ammunition under federal and state law.

Return of the surrendered items will take place no earlier than 72 hours after the request was received (ORS 166.257).

Firearms and ammunition that remain unclaimed shall be disposed of in accordance with office

policies and procedures for disposal of deadly weapons (ORS 166.540).

ATTENTION: Ammunition and firearms will not be released within the same 24hr period.

Vehicles

Vehicles stored as evidence will not be released without approval from the District Attorney’s Office and the case agent. Vehicles will ONLY be released to the registered owner. Please contact the DMV to have the vehicle registration updated prior to contacting Property and Evidence if you have not already done so. All evidence vehicles are subject to incur tow fees that must be paid prior to release. Once a vehicle has been approved for release, please make contact within 7 days to schedule a pickup. Vehicle releases must have an appointment. Vehicles will not be released without current insurance, valid registration, and fees being paid in full.

For vehicles that have been impounded please contact Jackson County Sheriff’s Criminal Records Division at 541-774-6800.

For questions pertaining to the release of property, or to request a case review, please contact Property and Evidence at 541-774-6832. You will need to provide the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Case Number listed on your property receipt.