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Chapter 14C.10 Police Duties to Inventory Property

14C.10.010 Purpose.

This Chapter is meant to apply exclusively to the process for conducting an inventory of the personal property in an impounded vehicle and the personal possessions of a person in police custody and shall not be interpreted to affect any other statutory or constitutional right(s) that police officers may employ to search persons or search or seize possessions for other purposes.


14C.10.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A. "Valuables" means:

1. Cash money of an aggregate amount of $50 or more; or

2. Individual items of personal property with a value of $500 or more.

B. "Open container" means a container which is unsecured or incompletely secured in such a fashion that the container’s contents are exposed to view.

C. "Closed container" means a container whose contents are not exposed to view.

D. "Police custody" means either:

1. The imposition of restraint as a result of an ‘arrest’ as that term is defined at ORS 133.005(1);

2. The imposition of actual or constructive restraint by a police officer pursuant to a court order;

3. The imposition of actual or constructive restraint by a police officer pursuant to ORS Chapter 430, or Chapter 419B; or

4. The imposition of actual or constructive restraint by a police officer for purposes of taking the restrained person to an approved facility for the involuntary confinement or detaining of persons pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute or this Code.

E. "Police officer" means any police officer employed or acting at the direction of or in collaboration with the Portland Bureau of Police and any officer of the Port of Portland Police Department.


14C.10.030 Inventories of Impounded Vehicles.

A. The contents of all vehicles impounded by a police officer will be inventoried. The inventory shall be conducted before constructive custody of the vehicle is released to a third-party towing company except under the following circumstances:

1. If there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the safety of either the police officer(s) or any other person is at risk, a required inventory will be done as soon as safely practical; or

2. If the vehicle is being impounded for evidentiary purposes in connection with the investigation of a criminal offense, the inventory will be done after such investigation is completed.

B. The purpose for the inventory of an impounded vehicle will be to:

1. Promptly identify property to establish accountability and avoid spurious claims to property;

2. Assist in the prevention of theft of property;

3. Locate toxic, flammable or explosive substances; or

4. Reduce the danger to persons and property.

C. Inventories of impounded vehicles will be conducted according to the following procedure:

1. An inventory of personal property and the contents of open containers will be conducted throughout the passenger and engine compartments of the vehicle including, but not limited to, accessible areas under or within the dashboard area, in any pockets in the doors or in the back of the front seat, in any console between the seats, under any floor mats and under the seats;

2. In addition to the passenger and engine compartments as described above, an inventory of personal property and the contents of open containers will also be conducted in the following locations:

a. Any other type of unlocked compartments that are a part of the vehicle including, but not limited to, unlocked vehicle trunks and unlocked car- top containers; and

b. Any locked compartments including, but not limited to, locked vehicle trunks, locked hatchbacks and locked car-top containers, if either the keys are available to be released with the vehicle to the third-party towing company or an unlocking mechanism for such compartment is available within the vehicle.

3. Unless otherwise provided in this Chapter, closed containers located either within the vehicle or any of the vehicle’s compartments will not be opened for inventory purposes.

4. Upon completion of the inventory, the police officer will complete a report as directed by the Chief of such officer’s department.

5. Any valuables located during the inventory process will be listed on a property receipt. A copy of the property receipt will either be left in the vehicle or tendered to the person in control of the vehicle if such person is present. The valuables will be dealt with in such manner as directed by the Chief of the police officer’s department.


14C.10.040 Inventories of Persons In Police Custody.

A. A police officer will inventory the personal property in the possession of a person taken into police custody and such inventory will be conducted whenever:

1. Such person will be either placed in a secure police holding room or transported in the secure portion of a police vehicle; or

2. Custody of the person will be transferred to another law enforcement agency, correctional facility, or "treatment facility" as that phrase is used in ORS 426.460 or such other lawfully approved facility for the involuntary confinement of persons pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute.

B. The purpose of the inventory of a person in police custody will be to:

1. Promptly identify property to establish accountability and avoid spurious claims to property; or

2. Fulfill the requirements of ORS 133.455 to the extent that such statute may apply to certain property held by the police officer for safekeeping; or

3. Assist in the prevention of theft of property; or

4. Locate toxic, flammable or explosive substances; or

5. Locate weapons and instruments that may facilitate an escape from custody or endanger law enforcement personnel; or

6. Reduce the danger to persons and property.

C. Inventories of the personal property in the possession of such persons will be conducted according to the following procedures:

1. An inventory will occur prior to placing such person into a holding room or a police vehicle, whichever occurs first. However, if reasonable suspicion to believe that the safety of either the police officer(s) or the person in custody or both are at risk, an inventory will be done as soon as safely practical prior to the transfer of custody to another law enforcement agency or facility.

2. To complete the inventory of the personal property in the possession of such person, the police officer will remove all items of personal property from the clothing worn by such person. In addition, the officer will also remove all items of personal property from all open containers in the possession of such person.

3. A closed container in the possession of such person will have its contents inventoried only when:

a. The closed container is to be placed in the immediate possession of such person at the time that person is placed in the secure portion of a custodial facility, police vehicle or secure police holding room;

b. Such person requests that the closed container be with them in the secure portion of a police vehicle or a secure police holding room; or

c. The closed container is designed for carrying money and/or small valuables on or about the person including, but not limited to, closed purses, closed coin purses, closed wallets and closed fanny packs.

D. Valuables found during the inventory process will be noted by the police officer in a report as directed by the Chief of such officer’s department.

E. All items of personal property neither left in the immediate possession of the person in custody nor left with the facility or agency accepting custody of the person, will be handled in the following manner:

1. A property receipt will be prepared listing the property to be retained in the possession of the respective police department and a copy of that receipt will be tendered to the person in custody when such person is released to the facility or agency accepting custody of such person;

2. The property will be dealt with in such manner as directed by the Chief of such officer’s department.

F. All items of personal property neither left in the immediate possession of the person in custody nor dealt with as provided in Subsection 14.10.040 E. above, will be released to the facility or agency accepting custody of the person so that they may:

1. Hold the property for safekeeping on behalf of the person in custody, and

2. Prepare and deliver a receipt, as may be required by ORS 133.455, for any valuables held on behalf of the person in custody.


Title 14 Public Order
Chapter 14A.10 Definitions
Chapter 14A.20 Procedures
Chapter 14A.30 Miscellaneous Acts of Misconduct
Chapter 14A.40 Interference With Persons And Sexual Misconduct
Chapter 14A.50 Conduct Prohibited on Public Property
Chapter 14A.55 Parade Event Marking
Chapter 14A.60 Weapons and Explosives
Chapter 14A.70 Gambling, Social Games, and Unlawful Amusement Games or Concessions
Chapter 14A.80 Minors
Chapter 14A.90 Illegal Firearms Use Hotspots
Chapter 14A.100 Regulations Governing the Safety and Conduct on Portland Streetcar, City of Portland Property
Chapter14A.110 Prohibited Conduct
Chapter 14B.10 Burglary and Alarm Systems
Chapter 14B.20 Drug-Free Zones
Chapter 14B.30 Prostitution-Free Zones
Chapter 14B.40 Impoundment and Investigation for DUII
Chapter 14B.50 Forfeiture
Chapter 14B.60 Chronic Nuisance Property
Chapter 14B.70 Short Term Motel Rental
Chapter 14B.80 Graffiti Nuisance Property
Chapter 14B.85 Graffiti Materials and Sales
Chapter 14B.90 Secondhand Dealers
Chapter 14B.100 Liquor License Recommendations
Chapter 14B.110 Amusement Devices, Games and Machines
Chapter 14B.120 Time, Place and Manner Regulation of Establishments that Sell and Serve Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 14C.10 Police Duties to Inventory Property
Chapter 14C.20 Police Bureau Property/Evidence Division Duties
Chapter 14C.30 General Procedures and Authority of the Bureau of Police