The Crystal Lake Police Department’s Support Services Unit provides administrative support to the Department. The Unit has a number of specialty sections, including the Evidence and Property Room Section, the Community Service Officers, and the Building, Grounds, Vehicles, and Equipment Section.
The Evidence and Property Room Section is responsible for the receipt, storage, safekeeping, release, and disposal of all evidence and property taken into the custody of the Crystal Lake Police Department. The Department acts in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws and within the policies of the Crystal Lake Police Department.
In Illinois, police are only required to store found property for six months. After six months, the police may either destroy, auction, or convert the property to departmental use. Most items of value, including bicycles, are sent to an online auction company used specifically by police departments across the nation. The website may be found here.