Property & Evidence

The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for the proper care and custody of all items brought to the department for evidence, safe keeping or found. The Property and Evidence Unit maintains all evidence for future legal procedures. If evidence needs additional processing, Property and Evidence Unit personnel will transport the evidence to the Washoe County Crime Lab. Once processing is complete, the evidence is returned to the Sparks Police Department for storage. Once items placed into evidence for safekeeping or found property have been held for the statutory requirements, the items are then either returned to the proper owner or disposed of according to statutory requirements. All evidence that is no longer needed for criminal prosecution is returned to the owner or disposed of according to statutory requirements.

If you need to have a firearm returned from the Property and Evidence Unit, you will first need to pass a Brady background.  The paperwork is available at our front desk.  The background check is free but must be completed.  Also, appointments must be made to pick up property as we can be in and out of the office due to call-outs or evidence transport.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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