Criminal Investigations Division
Property & Evidence Mission Statement:
The Property & Evidence Section is a section within the Criminal Investigations Division. The section receives and stores evidentiary, found, and safekeeping items for the Henry County Police Department (HCPD) and the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force (FCDTF). The section is responsible for returning items to the rightful owners when possible. Any items that have not been picked up in a timely manner or are no longer needed by the courts are destroyed or auctioned off, after a diligent search for the rightful owner.
Items with evidentiary value for criminal prosecution that are submitted to the Property & Evidence Section will be held until after disposition by the courts for the criminal case for which it was collected. In cases with multiple defendants, all items will be held until the last disposition is completed. The items will be held for a total of 90 days after the final disposition by the courts. With some exceptions, after the case been disposed of and after all appeals are heard, property which was collected for evidentiary purposes may be released to the rightful owner with permission of the prosecutor’s office in writing.
Periodically, officers with the Henry County Police Department will respond to and collect “found property” for which the owner cannot be located. Found property will be retained by the Property & Evidence Section for a period of 90 days. During the 90 day period, found property may be released to the rightful owner. All found property not collected after the 90 day hold is subject to court ordered disposal pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia.
Safekeeping items are items held because the lawful owner is unable to temporarily maintain custody or is unwilling to assume custody. All safekeeping items will require a written release from either the entering officer/detective/agent or the courts. After the 90 days of being held, the safekeeping items will be destroyed or auctioned pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia.
Location of the Property & Evidence Section:
We are located inside the Henry County Police Department's Headquarters building at 108 South Zack Hinton Parkway McDonough, Georgia 30253. You will need to drive to rear of the building from the right side entrance (next to the Wells Fargo Bank). You will see a concrete walk up ramp. Walk up the ramp and knock on the metal door.
Hours of Operation and Items Release Appointment:
Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm.
Retrieval of items held by the Property and Evidence Section is by APPOINTMENTS ONLY. Appointments are necessary due to the high volume of items being released and allows for release approvals to be obtained before your arrival. This will reduce the overall wait time. Appointments must be scheduled prior to picking up items. You can schedule either by calling the Property & Evidence Section voice mail system at phone number 770-288-8396 or by email.
Please leave your name, phone number, police department case number, and a description of the item(s) in question. Leaving an incomplete message or email will delay any possible response. Property & Evidence will respond to your message within one complete (24 hours) business day.
What to bring to retrieve items?
Persons who wish to retrieve items that are in the custody of the Henry County Police Department must present themselves in person to the Property and Evidence Section and must furnish a valid government issued photo identification card along with proof of ownership in the form of a bill of sale prior to any property being returned. If you have no bill of sale, a Declaration of Ownership form will be provided and signed by the owner.
Persons who have been convicted in any court of felony, or a qualifying misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) generally are prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearm or ammunition in or affecting commerce (or shipping or transporting any firearm of ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce, or receiving any such firearm or ammunition).
This prohibition also applies to federal, state, and local governmental employees in both their official and private capacities. Violation of this prohibition is a federal offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.
Additionally pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 17-5-51, any device which is used as a weapon in the commission of any crime against any person or any attempt to commit any crime against any person, any weapon the possession or carrying of which constitutes a crime or delinquent act, and any weapon for which a person has been convicted of the crime of carrying a concealed weapon, as provided for by Code Section 16-11-126, are declared to be contraband and are forfeited.
Firearms and weapons cannot be returned to persons who fall within these categories. A criminal background check is mandatory for all persons who wish to retrieve a firearm from the Property & Evidence Section.