The Evidence Section preserves and stores evidence for several jurisdictions in Arapahoe County, as well as for the City of
Centennial, Bow Mar Police and Columbine Valley Police departments, Cherry Creek State Park and the South Metro Drug Task
On average, the evidence section maintains approximately 125,000 items for evidence, found property or safekeeping. These
items are under strict guidelines for chain-of-custody to ensure their integrity so they are admissible in court. They also
have the responsibility of being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to major crime scenes to secure and
transport all gathered evidence. They meticulously follow guidelines to ensure the integrity of all items received, held and
released from our custody.
In addition to processing evidence/property, technicians also are responsible for the return of property to its owners, the
recycling of materials used in packaging or found in unclaimed property and the destruction of contraband and unclaimed property.
Drugs are destroyed by burning and guns and knives are crushed and cut to the size of nickels.
Technicians retrieve evidence from numerous jurisdictions, such as Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan, Cherry Hills, Greenwood
Village, Glendale and Parker Police departments, to be processed by our crime lab. Technicians also transport evidence to
the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for processing of lab work that cannot be accomplished within our own lab, such as DNA
and ballistics testing.
For more information or to schedule a return of property, please call 720-874-3646.