Investigations, Records, & Property

The Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) and Records Division provides a wide range of services to the community. The bureau staff frequently interacts with other criminal justice components. Its major responsibilities are the investigation of criminal activity, report taking, records retention and storage and disposal of property/evidence. The investigation unit investigates crime ranging from murder to minor theft. Detectives are assigned cases by general crime categories. A team of detectives investigates assault, robbery, and burglary crimes; another team investigates youth and/or gang crime; a team of detectives investigates local drug crimes. Sexual assault and child or elder abuse cases are assigned to detectives who have received special training due to the sensitive nature of these cases.

The Investigations Bureau also manages the Anonymous Tip Line. If you want to leave a tip, please call 541-726-3773. This line is checked weekly.

Property Management

The Property Unit stores, tracks, transports and disposes of all property/evidence in the Department’s possession. The unit plans and supervises approximately two public auctions each year. The unit supports the Patrol Bureau and the Investigative Services Bureau in criminal investigations and provides direct assistance at the scene of major crimes. Unit members deliver evidence for laboratory examination, and upon adjudication dispose of evidence.

The Property Department will also dispose of any unwanted weapons and/or ammunition for the public. For more information or to pick up property, contact the Property Unit, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (541)726-3714.

The Oregon Finder’s Law:

If you are the finder of a bicycle, you may claim it under ORS 98.005, if we are unable to find the original owner. To claim it, you must:

  1. Indicate at the time of report your intent to claim the property. If you wish to claim under the Finder’s Law, the bike will be left in the finder’s possession.
  2. If the property is valued at $250 or more, place an ad in the local newspaper briefly describing the property. This ad must run once a week for two consecutive weeks. This ad must start within 20 days of finding the property.
  3. If an owner is located after initiating these procedures, you will be notified.
  4. If no claims are made on the property within three months of this report, it will become the finder’s legal property.