The Property and Evidence Unit is comprised of five full-time civilian employees. The major function of this unit is to retain evidence for court presentation by Garland Police Officers. The unit is also responsible for the proper intake, control, storage, release or disposal of all property confiscated, appropriated, seized or otherwise taken into custody by any authorized personnel of this department. This includes: recovered stolen property, abandoned or found property, and personal property.
Evidence is any physical item that may or may not require some form of scientific analysis that may be used in a court of law to prove guilt or innocence and includes the following:
- Instruments used in the commission or a crime, such as burglar tools, murder/assault weapons, forged documents, etc.
- Results of a crime, such as bloodstains, broken glass, etc.
- Contraband items, the possession of which is illegal or prohibited.
Property, evidence, and vehicles which are held by the Garland Police Department (other than contraband) and cannot be traced to an owner are sold at a public auction with the proceeds being deposited into the City of Garland general fund.
To pick up your impounded vehicle, a required release form is provided by the Police Department, and fees must be paid at the impound lot.
Registered Vehicle Owners
If you are the registered owner of the vehicle, a driver's license and proof of insurance is required for the release of the vehicle and/or removal of personal possessions from the vehicle. If you wish to have another person pick up your vehicle or remove personal property, an affidavit entitled “Authority to Release Vehicle” must be signed by you before a notary public. A notary is NOT available at the police department. You may request the affidavit to be faxed to you by calling 972-205-3435.
Owners of Vehicles Not Registered
If you have not properly and legally registered your vehicle, you must provide an original unaltered (no white outs) title with your name listed as the owner, your driver's license and proof of insurance. If you wish to have another person pick up your vehicle or remove personal property from the vehicle, an affidavit entitled “Authority to Release Vehicle” must be signed by you before a notary public. A notary is NOT available at the police department. The person you designate to pick up the vehicle must have the notarized affidavit, the original title, and his/her driver license. Please call 972-205-3435 if you have questions.
Locations to Obtain Vehicle Releases
The Police Property Unit, telephone 972-205-3435, located at 1640 Commerce Street (next to the impound lot) is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the front desk of the Garland Police Department, telephone 972-205-2018, or the Garland Detention Center are open 24 hours per day and are located at 1891 Forest Lane.
Location to Pay Fees and Recover Vehicle
The Garland Auto Pound (where the vehicles are stored), telephone 972-276-7600, is located at 1630 Commerce Street in Garland and is open 24 hours per day. You must have a release provided to you by the Police Department, a valid driver license, and payment in the form of cash or credit card in order to pick up your vehicle.
Auctions are held on the third Friday of each month at the impound lot located at 1630 Commerce Street in Garland. The public may view auction items between 8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m., and the auction begins at 9:30 a.m. The auction is open to the public. Joe Pippin is the auctioneer and his website is www.joepippinauctioneers.com.
Evidential property may be released to a person upon presentation of a signed court order specifically awarding property to that person (Driver license or legal identification).
Otherwise, only the Garland police officer or detective handling the case can authorize the release of property from the Property Room. Patrol officers may be contacted by telephone (voice mail) at 972-205-2020, detectives can be reached at 972-205-2040.
Found property logged into the Property Room may be authorized by a Garland Police Officer to be released to a person with proper identification and proof of ownership. In some cases, filing a report may be required. Do not assume because you have lost an item that the Police Department has it.
In most cases, if stolen property has been recovered, a detective will contact you.