Claiming Property

City of Winston-Salem Evidence Management

Evidence Room

The Winston-Salem Police Department releases property by appointment or by walk-in during the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. In almost all cases, it is best to have an established appointment when retrieving property. This will ensure the necessary preparatory work is completed as much as possible before the owner's arrival.

Once property is declared eligible for release to owner, Evidence Management staff mail a certified letter. In that letter are details as to how to claim the property, including the presentation of proper identification. It is imperative that owners understand the obligations imposed by law to ensure the recipient is first, the eligible and proper owner as identified by police and the courts, and second, entitled to that property by local, state and federal laws.

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm an appointment with Evidence Management Staff at (336) 726-7285. Property owners should obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 1200 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The supervisor can be reached at (336) 726-7270.

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