The Costa Mesa Police Department Records Bureau is responsible for the maintenance, dissemination and security of all criminal investigation documents. General crime incident and arrest reports are maintained up to 5 years plus current; reports of child abuse, sex crimes and homicide reports are kept indefinitely; missing persons and stolen gun cases are maintained, if outstanding, up to ten years or until the person or weapon is located.
- Secure police reports and enter data into various automated systems.
- Controls the release of vehicles that have been towed.
- Confirm warrants for other agencies as needed
- Maintains teletypes for the department.
The Records Bureau is staffed twenty–four hours a day, seven days a week. During these times the public can contact Records staff to request copies of traffic accident reports and crime incident reports. Records staff will do their best to answer any questions the public may have regarding police reports, local records checks, Record Sealing’s, and State Criminal History requests.Telephone:
Property and Evidence
The Property & Evidence Bureau has the sole responsibility of receiving, storing, and maintaining found, "safekeeping," and evidence items which come into the care of CMPD. The bureau is staffed entirely by civilian employees.Hours of Operation for property releases without an appointment:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
1 PM to 3:30 PM
Weekends & Holidays:
* Any release requests for a time other than what is specified above must be prearranged with a Property & Evidence staff member.
Monthly release of items available to online auctioneer
Quarterly narcotic destruction
Bi-monthly weapon/firearm destruction
Daily transport and pick-up of patrol vehicles for maintenance and service
Daily receiving, processing, and storage of new evidence/property arrivals
Releasing on a daily basis found and "safekeeping" property to the rightful owners
Daily purging of property not being returned and no longer need in criminal cases
Daily pulling of property requested for review by officers and detectives
Daily maintaining the vehicle supply storage shed for essentials such as motor oil and spare tires
Maintaining daily the evidence processing area for essential packaging supplies needed for the proper packing and storage of incoming property and evidence items
Weekly delivery and pick-up to and from the Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab of property and narcotics requiring analysis
Annual speedometer calibration of patrol vehicles
Issuance of all duty gear to newly hired field employees and reissuance of existing employee gear as replacement gear is needed
Election night ballot collection
Integrity, honesty, forward-thinking and productivity are our goals!