Property Room

A Confession

It's not actually a room, but several that contain the evidence for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and Tacoma Police Department. In 1977 both departments merged into one property room. It is staffed by Pierce County Sheriff's Department employees. Funding comes from both police departments. The property room covers approximately 32,000 square feet, taking up nearly half of the basement in the County-City Building in Tacoma, in addition to a large off-site warehouse.


Access the online forms to request release of items from the Property Room

Mission Statement

The law enforcement property function exists to receive and safely store evidence, found property and property for safekeeping; and restore the property to its rightful owner or legally dispose of the property in a timely manner.

2012 Annual Property Room Statistics

  • 35,149 items of incoming property processed from 14,696 cases
  • approximately 8,000 customer service window activities
  • approximately 9,100 telephone inquiries
  • approximately 10,250 email inquiries
  • $35,454.08 made during police auctions
  • 1,170 guns received
  • 675 guns destroyed
  • $59,227.53 of unclaimed money turned in to Pierce County Budget and Finance
  • Drugs destroyed from 2,270 cases
  • 9,252 disposal / release transactions completed
The property room does not store or deal with anything related to land use, taxable parcels or vehicles of any type.