MCPO Evidence Unit
The Evidence Unit of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is responsible
for the storage, tracking, release, and disposal of both evidence &
non evidence items which the office comes in contact with. All items
received by the Evidence Unit are tracked & maintained by an elite
automated evidence tracking system. This elite evidence tracking program
is only utilized by a handful of police organizations in the US (Suffolk
PD, Las Vegas PD, Cincinnati PD, Nassau County PD, & Indianapolis
The unit is staffed with two sworn evidence officers of the Detective
Bureau who have exclusive control over the entire inventory. The unit
is supervised by a Superior Officer (Lieutenant of Detectives). The
Evidence unit has a large caseload, receiving approximately 10,000-15,000
individual items per year.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WEAPONS
thousands of pieces of evidence received, are domestic violence weapons.
Weapons seized throughout the county from domestic violence incidents
are held by the evidence unit for safekeeping until a final disposition
by court order. There are a number of different court orders, but there
are three more common outcomes and they are as follows:
1. All items are
forfeited to the county and are destroyed
2. All items are to be sold by owner
3. All items are to be returned to owner or transferred to friend/family
Any person who is
eligible to receive his/her property back must call for an appointment.
Anyone picking up firearms (BB & Pellet guns included) must present
the necessary documents in order to receive their weapons.
LONG GUNS (air rifles included)
You must present a VALID NJ Firearms Purchaser ID card along with a
VALID photo ID in order to receive any long gun back.
HANDGUNS (BB & Pellet pistols included)
You must present an original copy (PINK) of the NJ Permit to Purchase
Handgun Permit for each handgun being picked up. If the original pink
copy is not available, a certified copy must be acquired from the issuing
police department at time of purchase. If the handgun was not purchased
in NJ, then the weapon must be voluntarily registered. A voluntary registration
form can be found at your local police department.
RETURN OF PROPERTY
Items received as evidence by the Prosecutor's Office can be returned
to the lawful owner upon completion of the matter in court. The Assistant
Prosecutor assigned to the case can authorize the return of certain
items pertaining to the case. Personal property must be picked up in
person by the owner and valid photo identification is required at time
of pick up. Items will be returned by appointment only.