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How to Recover Property

Contacting Property & Exhibit Unit

If you know your property has been confiscated by police as a result of a seizure or recovery, please contact this unit to determine if your property is here. We will be happy to check on your behalf to determine if your property is here however public viewing of recovered property is not permitted.

When you contact our office, please have your occurrence (file) number and other details (i.e. Officer’s name, date of event, property description, etc) ready. This will aid our staff in locating your property.

Often, each situation requires specific instructions on how property is released. Please contact the Property & Exhibits Unit at (780) 421-2158.

Claiming Recovered Property

Occasionally it takes a few days for the property to be retrieved / delivered to our main facility. As such, please contact us prior to attending in the event your property is not at our facility. Having as much information as possible (occurrence (file) numbers, names, dates, etc) ready when you call will avoid delays or problems in locating your property.

In some cases, special release procedures are required in order to preserve necessary court evidence for prosecution purposes. Please contact us to ensure your property can be released prior to court and an appointment can be made to perform the release.

In certain circumstances, you may send written authorization with the agent in the form of a letter signed by you. If you have received a letter from us, please read carefully for special instructions including whether or not an “agent” attendance is authorized or permitted.

Arrangements can be made (in some circumstances) to have property mailed to out of town residents, however this will be done so at the owner’s expense.

Releasing Property after Court Proceedings

Due to the variety of possibilities that exist under these circumstances (nature of offence, type of property, existence of other related charges, other accused persons in same case, etc), there is no consistent way to release property at the conclusion of court proceeding. You may make inquiries with your defence lawyer, the investigating member, etc to obtain direction on retrieving your property. You may also contact us at 421-2158 and we can provide further instructions if necessary.

All concluded cases must be held for appeal/retention periods that can run anywhere from 6 months to several years, depending on the circumstances. In these cases, if the property is requested prior to expiration of those appeal/retention periods, it is usually only released by producing a court order in advance of attendance. Again, even these are subject to review prior to release, so there is a chance that it could take several days to resolve.

Firearm Release

Firearms and the acquisition/possession/storage of them, is covered by a variety of legislative requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) be the holder of a valid Possession Only License or a Possession Acquisition License (whichever suits the situation), and

(b) have each restricted firearm registered, and

(c) ensure you are in compliance with storage/transportation regulations.

Please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions contained therein. If you are still unsure as to the requirements, or you did not receive a letter from us, please contact us at 421-2082 and have the pertinent information ready (i.e. Occurrence (file) number, dates, officer’s information, etc). You may also contact the Canadian Firearms Center at 1-800-731-4000.

Property Auctions

Property auctions are held the first Saturday of every month (excluding statutory holidays whereby the auction is normally held the following Saturday) at Reids Auction Edmonton . Information on dates/times of auctions/viewing can be obtained by calling Reids Auction Edmonton directly at (780) 488-3300.