The Evidence Unit of the Colorado Springs Police Department is responsible for maintaining the integrity of evidence and property collected by officers during criminal investigations. The items under our care range from evidence from a crime scene, to personal belongings, and lost/found items.
If you have property being held by the Colorado Springs Police Department that may be eligible for return, click the buttons below for detailed instructions on how to retrieve your property.
Property & Evidence Hours of Operation & Contact Information
The Property & Evidence Unit is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on city holidays). Appointments are required as additional steps may need to be taken to release items.
We are located at:
Police Operations Center
705 S. Nevada Avenue (corner of Nevada and Rio Grande)
Colorado Springs, Colo. 80906
Colorado Springs Police Department - Property & Evidence
Office: (719) 444-7744 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org| Fax: (719) 636-3117
Claiming Your Property
Property releases require an appointment. You may call the Evidence Office at 719-444-7744 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. Please provide your name, a CSPD case number (where applicable), a serial number or other descriptive information so we can efficiently locate your property.
You must bring a valid photo ID to your appointment. The visitor parking lot is to the east of the POC entrance. There is a phone in the front lobby with instructions for notifying the unit that you are here for your appointment.
The Evidence Unit does not release property held as evidence without written authorization from the agency handling the case. This may be the investigator, the District Attorney’s Office, another law enforcement agency or the court. Contact the Evidence Unit to inquire about the case status. Please provide your name and CSPD case number.
Someone other than the owner may claim your property with a Power of Attorney (POA) or a Notarized Statement authorizing them to claim the item(s) on your behalf. The document must indicate the name of the person picking up the property as well as an inventory of items they are authorized to claim. The person picking up your property must make an appointment with the Evidence unit, and bring a valid photo ID along with the POA or Notarized Statement paperwork.
Guns & Ammunition
Firearms are only released on certain days. Call the Evidence unit to schedule your firearm appointment.
A background check will be processed for anyone claiming a firearm to ensure they are eligible to possess. Please be sure to provide a current, working phone number with voicemail capability in the event the Evidence unit needs to relay important information about your firearm appointment. Firearms will not be released without secure and verifiable ID. If you are attempting to authorize another individual to claim your firearm, they will need to present secure and verifiable ID, as well as a valid Power of Attorney or Notarized Statement. You may fax/email or hand deliver any documentation to the Evidence Unit for advance review to ensure it meets all requirements for release.
Firearms and ammunition will not be released on the same day. You will need to make a separate appointment for the release of ammunition.
In some instances, firearms in Evidence Unit custody may not be transferred to a third party based on the circumstances. Contact the Evidence Unit for further information before attempting to transfer a firearm.
Reference: Colorado Springs Municipal Code Part 2: Custody of Property and Weapons, 9.1.201 through 9.1.208
A letter will be sent to the last known address of listed owners of property, or upon receipt of a valid release of items held as evidence. This letter contains a notarized statement that may be completed and notarized to authorize someone to claim your property on your behalf. The person picking up your property must make an appointment with the Evidence unit, and bring a valid photo ID along with the Power of Attorney (POA) or Notarized Statement paperwork.
Any item turned into the Evidence Unit as found property is held for at least 60 days to attempt to identify an owner. If the item has not been claimed, it may be eligible for release to the finder under certain circumstances. Please contact our office for further information at 719-444-7744.
Unclaimed property that has no value or is contraband is destroyed. Property that has value can be donated, converted to department use or sold at public auction per Colorado Springs Municipal Code 9.1.206. The Evidence Unit utilizes the services of Colorado Springs Utilities for all unclaimed property with the exception of abandoned vehicles. Abandoned vehicles are auctioned at the CSPD Impound Facility. See the link below for additional information on abandoned vehicles auctions.
You can view all auctions from public surplus or browse those conducted through Colorado Springs Utilities (including CSPD unclaimed property items): Public Property Auctions
If crime victims locate what they believe to be their stolen property through Colorado Springs Utilities Public Surplus, they should contact CSU Investment Recovery. They should also then contact the detective handling their case.
Impound Facility Contact Information
Customers can input their full VIN to see fees, release information, and learn more about vehicles currently up for auction.