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November 16, 2010 > Fremont Property and Evidence Unit

Fremont Property and Evidence Unit

By Meenu Gupta
Photo Courtesy of Fremont PD

The Fremont Property and Evidence Unit in Fremont Police Department is responsible for receiving, maintaining, and disposing of evidence. "Some items such as those in unsolved homicides we must keep forever, other items such as safekeeping property can be held for 60 days," said Robin Neal, who has been with Fremont PD for 30 years. In 2006 Neal was awarded California Association for Property and Evidence (CAPE) "State Property Officer of the Year." She has also been a part of four recognitions as Professional Employee of the Month at Fremont Police Department since 2003. This year she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from CAPE. Neal will be retiring in December after almost 36 years in Law Enforcement.

Fremont PD has used PropertyRoom.com since 2003 for auctions; they also use Ernst Auction Park and have been with them since 1991. The auctions bring in a modest amount, usually around $5,000 a year. Fremont Police take in approximately 15,000 items of evidence a year. "We utilize a bar code system by "Tibruon" to track these items in our 10,000 square foot warehouse," said Neal. "The items are logged into our tracking system and tracked for every move while in our possession."

Volunteers are utilized for transporting some evidence, though they are not used in the in Property Warehouse facility. Citizens interested in volunteering for the Fremont Police Department should contact Volunteer Services at (510) 790-6691.

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