7.150-Detainee Property for Safekeeping
Effective Date: 2/19/2014
This policy applies to all employees who submit items to the Evidence Unit for safekeeping.
1. Officers May Submit Detainee Property to the Evidence Unit for Safekeeping (SKO)
Officers booking prisoners into the King County Jail shall submit their property as SKO to the Evidence Unit if KCJ refuses to take the prisoner’s property.
Officers will submit property that is contraband or, evidence of a crime, to the Evidence Unit.
Officers will itemize perishable items in the GO report and then discard the items.
The Evidence Unit will not accept firearms for safekeeping. All firearms, including those seized under a community caretaking function, are submitted as evidence.
The Evidence Unit (through the Public Request Unit) will complete a background check on every person that a firearm is released to (including those with a valid C.P.L.) prior to releasing ALL firearms.
Exception: When the firearm is released to another Law Enforcement Agency, that agency is responsible for the background check.
Note: The background check takes 3-5 business days. Once the owner is notified, they have 5 business days to pick up the firearm or the background process must start over.
7.150-TSK-1 Officer Submitting Detainee Property to the Evidence Unit
1. Completes a SKO Tag (form 12.8) for each individual item going to the Evidence Unit.
2. If an item is perishable, documents that in the GO Report and discards it.
3. Detaches the top copy of the SKO tag and gives it to the detainee.
4. Completes a Property Report listing SKO items.
5. Places a barcode evidence label on the back of the second copy of the "SKO tag.”
6. Attaches the second copy of the SKO tag to the SKO item and submits the item to the Evidence Unit.