The Elmira Police Department Records Bureau is responsible for the storage and safekeeping of property. If your property was stolen and then recovered by the Elmira Police Department, the Records Bureau does not have the authority to release it back to you without approval from the District Attorney and/or the Detective Bureau. The District Attorney or the Detective Bureau may need your property for evidence in a case. The defendant in the case also has legal access to your property if it is evidence that is going to be used against him in court. Once the District Attorney and/or the Detective Bureau have cleared your property for release, you should go to the Elmira Police Department Records Bureau. Tell the clerk that you are here to recover property. You will need to bring identification and in some cases proof of ownership. If the claimant is a juvenile, the claimant will also need to be escorted by a parent or guardian. If the property being recovered is a weapon, the Deputy Chief of Police must also review the case before the property can be released.
PLEASE CALL BEFORE 737-5635 BEFORE ARRIVING TO PICK-UP YOUR PROPERTY. YOU CAN CONFIRM THE RELEASE OF THE PROPERTY AND IT WILL BE READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE.