Property and Evidence Section
The Property and Evidence Section is the central repository for all property and evidence held by the Cocoa Police Department relating to criminal and civil matters. This section of the police department provides for the care, custody and control of recovered and evidentiary property as well as abandoned, lost, or found property in the custody of this agency. This is a critically vital function in supporting investigations, helping to ensure successful outcomes during judiciary proceedings and facilitating the timely return of property to its rightful owners.
As a private citizen, you have the right to place a claim against lost property (firearms excluded), which you found and turned over to the custody of the Cocoa Police Department, in accordance with FSS 705.101 and 705.103. If the rightful owner is not found, you can post a $30.00 bond at the Cocoa Police Department. The property must be held by the Police Department for a period of (90) ninety days and advertised in a newspaper of general circulation. After the ninety-day holding period, you may contact the Evidence Section to see if the owner was found or to make arrangements to claim the property. If the owner is located, your $30.00 bond will be reimbursed to you.
Numerous found bicycles are turned in to the Police Department. In most cases, the rightful owner cannot be identified and/or located. Most unclaimed bicycles are donated to charitable organizations. Others may be released to the City of Cocoa for auction.
In order to assist in the return of your property in the event it is lost, stolen or recovered, please maintain a record for all of your property; description and serial number along with a photo, if possible.
Section Contact Information
Evidence and Crime Scene Technician
Phone: (321) 637-6304
In order to prevent a wasted trip and/or reduce your wait time, please make an appointment with the Evidence Section to retrieve found and/or seized property, prior to responding to the Police Department to seek assistance. You will need to bring positive identification and in some cases, you may be required to show proof of ownership.