CHAPTER X. POLICECHAPTER X. POLICE\ARTICLE 2. PROPERTY IN POLICE CUSTODY

The police department is required to establish regulations detailing the collection, storage, and inventory of property which may come under its control by any manner.

(Code 1985)

Any property which has been acquired or turned over to the police department and has been classified in accordance with procedures existing in the police department as unclaimed or for which the proper owner cannot be ascertained shall be kept for a minimum of 90 days. After a period of 90 days, such property, except as provided in section 10-203, shall be sold at public auction to the highest bidder and the proceeds after expenses shall be paid to the city general fund.

(Code 1985)

The following classes of property shall be considered exceptions to section 10-202 and shall be dealt with in the following manner:

(a)   Cash money shall be turned over to the city general fund unless it shall be determined to have collector's value, in which case it shall be auctioned according to the provisions in section 10-202.

(b)   Firearms which are available for disposition may be dealt with in the following manner:

(1)   If compatible with law enforcement usage, they may be turned over to the police department inventory.

(2)   They may be sold to a firearms dealer who maintains the appropriate federal firearms license.

(3)   They may be destroyed.

(4)   In no case shall firearms be sold at public auction.

(c)   Other weapons such as knives, etc., which are deemed to have a legitimate value may be sold at auction, however, homemade weapons or weapons of a contraband nature shall be destroyed.

(d)   Any items determined to be contraband such as explosives, narcotics, etc., shall be destroyed.

(e)   Items of a pharmaceutical nature, which, while not contraband when properly dispensed, or which are of an over-the-counter-variety, shall be destroyed.

(f)   Foodstuffs, if sealed and undamaged may be turned over to any appropriate social service agency or destroyed, but shall not be auctioned.

(g)   Alcohol products such as beer, wine, whiskey, etc., shall be destroyed.

(h)   Items with a value in excess of $500 may be sold after advertising said item in a general circulation newspaper on at least two occasions. Such sales shall be by closed bid.

(Code 1985)

The police department shall be required to make reasonable attempts to locate the owner of any property in storage. However, the responsibility for claiming and identifying any such property shall rest solely with the owner.

(Code 1985)

Claimants to any property in police storage shall be required to present reasonable proof of ownership and no property shall be released unless such reasonable proof is presented.

(Code 1985)

The City of Hoisington incorporates by reference the procedure set forth on K.S.A. 8-1102, K.S.A. 8-1103 and K.S.A. 8-1570 and adopts the procedure as set forth in those statutes as the appropriate procedure to be followed by law enforcement officials and other public officials to remove vehicles abandoned on the roadways and alleyways in the City of Hoisington, Kansas.

(Ord. 1301, Sec. 1; Code 2006)

Due to the City of Hoisington incurring a cost when it impounds or stores abandoned vehicles, there shall be a charge of $3.00 per day storage fee to the owner of any vehicle which is abandoned, seized or otherwise comes into the possession of the Police Department. Any such vehicle 'shall not be delivered to the owner of the vehicle until the amount is paid in full.

(Ord. 1256; Code 2006)

At such time as it has been determined that an auction is necessary to dispose of unclaimed property, an inventory listing all property to be disposed of shall be prepared and kept on file in the police department. Notice of an auction shall be published at least twice in a general circulation newspaper prior to the date of the auction. The notice shall specify the date, time and place of the auction and shall also notify prospective buyers or potential claimants that a list of items to be auctioned is available at the police department and any claims on property must be made prior to the start of the auction.

(Code 1985)