Seized Property & Evidence Unit
The Property Unit is responsible for the cataloguing and storage of all exhibits and found property collected by the Barrie Police Service.
When making an inquiry with the Property Unit, please have your occurrence number available.
Members of the public are to contact the Property Unit prior to attending the office to determine if their property can be released and to discuss what documentation is required in order to retrieve property.
Photo identification is required prior to the release of any property being held by the Barrie Police Service.
Personal Property Taken from Persons in Custody
If at the time of your arrest you have large items of property (e.g. luggage) and you are held in custody, your property will be held at the Property Unit for a period of up to 30 days.
You are responsible for making arrangements for your property to be picked up. If your property is not picked up within 30 days the Property Unit has authority to dispose of the property.
Found property is held for 90 days by the Property Unit while the police attempt to locate and notify owners. Found bicycles are held for 30 days.
After the 90 day period has lapsed and no owner has been found, the property will be lawfully disposed of in accordance with the Police Services Act.
Property seized by police or held as evidence
- All property being held by the Barrie Police Service Property Unit that has been seized by the police or held as evidence cannot be released unless authorization from the Investigating Officer is on file.
- In accordance with the Police Services Act,
propertythat is in the possession of the Police Service that is the subject of court proceedings cannot be released until thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the court proceedings in order to allow for the appeal process.
Seized/found property auctions
Property seized in criminal investigations, or recovered items that go unclaimed are posted online through Police Auctions Canada, a website that operates similarly to eBay.
As an added benefit a large portion of the sales goes back to help sponsor non-profit organizations and community projects in each of the areas represented.
- Barrie Police Service
- South Simcoe Police Service
- Barrie OPP
- Collingwood OPP
- Halton Police Service
- Durham Regional Police Service
- Chatham-Kent Police Service
- Sudbury Police Service
- Hamilton Police Service
- Owen Sound Police Service
- St. Thomas Police Service
- Guelph Police Service
- Brantford Police Service
- University of Guelph Campus Community Police Service
- Laurier University & University of Toronto
- Firearms will only be released at a pre-scheduled appointment made through the Property Unit.
- Firearms in possession of the Police Service that
aresubject to release by way of a court order can only be released when the Property Unit has received:
- A copy of the court order,
- Authorization from the Investigating Officer; and the thirty (30) day appeal period has passed.
- When attending to retrieve your firearm at your scheduled appointment, you will be required to produce proof of registration and all valid firearms licenses and registration certificates.
- If the firearm being retrieved is a restricted weapon, you will be required to produce an Authorization to Transport (ATT) from a Chief Firearms Officer.
- You can apply for an ATT by calling 1-800-731-4000. To be eligible for an ATT you must have a valid firearms licence authorizing you to possess restricted firearms.
- You must have a proper trigger lock and lock box in your possession to transport the weapon in order for the weapon to be released to you.
Definition of a Restricted Firearm: According to the Criminal Code, a restricted firearm is:
- A handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
- A semi-automatic, centre-fire firearm with a barrel length less than 470 mm that is not a prohibited firearm;
- A firearm that can fire after being reduced, by folding, telescoping or otherwise, to an overall length of less than 660 mm; and
- Any firearm prescribed under the Criminal Code regulations to be restricted (including some long guns).
If you have any questions concerning the licensing or transporting of restricted firearms, inquiries can be made through The Canadian Firearms Program.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. nationwide
1-800-731-4000 (toll-free for Canada and the United States)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian Firearms Program
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2
The Seized Property and Evidence Unit is located at 79 Bell Farm Road, Barrie, ON.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
705-725-7025 Ext. 2979