Did You Know?
The Rule for Returning
Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, January 11, 2013 11:09 p.m.
The New Jersey
Attorney General Guideline on the
Property and Evidence Function covers just about everything having
to do with lost or stolen property and department evidence.
It also addresses
what happens when property is found but never claimed. Below is an
excerpt from the actual guideline:
When property is
found by a civilian, turned over to the police department for
safekeeping, and the owner does not claim the property for six
months, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157(b) provides that the property shall be
returned to the finder.
53:1-26.1 and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157(a) state that property which is
found by a state or municipal law enforcement officer and remains
unclaimed becomes the property of the state or municipality, which
may provide for its sale at public auction.