Evidence

Property Management / Crime Scene Services

If calling about property from a case or arrest, please have case report number accessible.


Property Management

Officer Baxter heads up the Property Management Unit of the Bradley Police. Please do not hesitate to contact him should you have any questions about evidence, property or lost / abandoned items.


The following are the guidelines set forth by Illinois statute in reference to the retention of property by this department:

Found / Abandoned  6 months (minimum)

Evidence / Contraband   Following final case disposition

Forfeited Property  Upon final date of forfeiture

Safekeeping  30 days (minimum)

Unsolved Cases  after the appropriate statute of limitations


If you are the victim of a crime and the Bradley Police have taken possession of your property as evidence the following is the procedure to possibly obtain these items prior to the above listed retentions:


Upon final disposition of cases prosecuted by the Kankakee County States Attorney’s office:


Contact the States Attorney’s office and request an evidence Disposal form. Be prepared to provide them with one or more of the following:

  • Your personal information (including photo ID)
  • Your case number
  • Date of the crime
  • Type of crime
  • Offenders name (if adult)
  • Description of the items you are wishing to obtain

Using some or all of this information and if statute allows, you will be issued an evidence release form.


Contact Officer Baxter by phone, in person or via e-mail and provide a copy of the evidence release form as well as your contact information. Officer Baxter will then prepare all necessary local paperwork and comply with any special instructions from the States Attorney’s Office (IE Photos etc). He will then contact you and set up a time and date when the return of the items to you will take place.


If your case was NOT prosecuted by the Kankakee States Attorneys office (IE no suspect, juvenile offender etc) please contact the Detective who is working your particular case. They will at times have the authority to release your items.



If this is the case, please provide them with your contact information and they will make arrangements with Officer Boudreau to return your items to you.


Evidence / Crime Scenes

All Bradley Police Officers are Certified Crime Scene Technicians and are thus able to process most crime scenes they will come across. The Bradley Police also have 2 Illinois State Certified Crime Scene Investigators on staff to assist with more complex scenes.


There are often times when the Bradley Police will process a scene and collect evidence from that scene. Many times these items belong to our victims. Please keep in mind that we will only collect items of evidentiary value and will attempt to obtain only the “best” evidence. (see the property management section for details on how to re-obtain your possessions that have been collected as evidence)


If you are the victim of a crime the following is a few things to keep in mind in reference to evidence:

  • First and foremost is your safety. If in doubt about anything….back away and contact local authorities (police, fire, code etc).
  • If you come upon a crime scene try not to disturb it or touch anything. The Bradley police quite often use “touch DNA” to solve cases and if you touch an item it can contaminate the scene. If however, you do have to touch something (IE to assist an injured subject etc) simply advise the responding officer/s as there are simple procedures we can use to document and eliminate your DNA from the investigation if needed.
  • Be observant to all your senses….relay anything you detected prior to police arrival on scene to the responding officer / investigator:
  • Sight - Did you see something or someone that just seemed odd, out of place etc.
  • Smell - Were there any smells that you recognized or were odd base on the situation at hand 
  • Sounds - did you hear something prior to or immediately following the incident

Often these things may seem insignificant at the onset, but could be crucial in linking a suspect to a scene.

Remember….if it just doesn’t feel right…it probably isn’t.

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