Staffordshire Police is advising the public of national changes to found property reporting.

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Staffordshire Police is advising the public of national changes to found property reporting.
Following an initial announcement in October the police service, as of February 1, will now not accept and record found property except under certain circumstances.
The recommendation of the Police Front Counters Forum, and agreed at the National Police Chiefs’ Council, is that the public shall be encouraged to retain the property from the outset and make reasonable attempts to track the owner of items found.
Staffordshire Police have come up with three main categories with regards to found property, and which of them they will or will not accept:
Items they will ‘Accept and Record’ – Something is appropriate or legally required to be bought to a police station so that legal obligations can be fulfilled. These include: Items capable of containing data for example mobile phones, computers, tablets; Cash within wallets that are identifiable; Unidentifiable cash; Items suspected of being involved in crime; High value items; Firearms and ammunition; Weapons; Drugs; HM Forces ID, equipment and force medals; Explosives and; Chemicals.
Items they will ‘Process Immediately’ – For items that fall into this category presented to front counters, Staffordshire Police would take the item and forward it on to the appropriate organisation as listed on the rear of the item. However members of the public will also be encouraged to do this themselves.
These include: Passports; Bank cards; Identity cards; Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books); Birth, marriage and death certificates; Driving licences.
And finally items Staffordshire Police will now ‘Not accept’ – These are items that will no longer be accepted as found property by Staffordshire Police unless they are suspected of being involved in crime: Bicycles; Kitchen knives and cutlery; Empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses; Cases; Clothing; Perishable goods; Animals; Rubbish/waste; Umbrellas; Keys; Spectacles; Watches (except if capable of containing personal data) or; Jewellery.
For more information and a guide to lost and found property, visit www.staffordshirepolice.co.uk.

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