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Baltimore County Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I obtain Fingerprint Services?
A. Fingerprint services are provided in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286, on Thursdays and Saturdays (excluding holidays) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This service is available to citizens who are required to submit fingerprints for employment applications such as day care workers, security guards, contractors working at certain government agencies, or for any other reason. A fee of $5 per fingerprint card is charged, and citizens must bring with them the fingerprint cards provided by the agency requesting the prints. 

Q. How do I obtain a Police Report?
 Copies of police reports must be obtained through the mail. A printed copy of the request form can be downloaded from the following link: Police Report (PDF).

Send your request to:

Baltimore County Police Department
Fifth Floor Records Section
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286-5501

Include with your request:

  • The reason for the request
  • The case number if known
  • The date of the incident
  • The location of the incident
  • The type of the incident
  • The individuals involved
  • Your name

Please enclose a check or money order payable to Baltimore County, Maryland in the amount of $10 for each report. Also enclose a business size stamped, self addressed envelope.

A recorded message detailing these procedures can be heard by calling 410-887-2390.

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Q. How do I go about retrieving property of mine that is in the possession of the Baltimore County Police Department?
 The first thing that you must do is to speak to the initial investigating officer assigned to your case. Link to the telephone numbers of the various precincts and units here. The investigating officer is the person responsible for having your property released. If he/she agrees that the property is no longer needed as evidence and can be released they will notify the Evidence Management Unit. The Evidence Management Unit in turn will send you a letter to come in and pick up your property.

Q. How much time do I have to claim property after receiving notification from the Evidence Management Unit? 
You have 30 days to respond and pick up property after notification by the Evidence Management Unit. You can retrieve your property at the Evidence Management Unit located 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286. You must present a government photo ID and the letter we mailed you to retrieve your property. After the 30 day period, the property will be considered unclaimed and sold at public auction or destroyed.

Q. What happens to unclaimed property?

A. Unclaimed property is auctioned off in accordance with the Baltimore County Code. The Baltimore County Police Department utilizes the services of to auction off all of its unclaimed property.

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Revised November 21, 2013

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