All news releases are put into News Release on the PCSO website, and are also distributed electronically to all local media and law enforcement agencies. News releases are later archived in the News Room area of the website.
Check out our News Room for a database of news releases, pictures, and sound clips dating back to 2000.
Public Information Office On-Call Policy:
The Public Information Office strives to be responsive and professional, acting in compliance with the Florida Public Records law and in the best interest of the agency, the news media, and the people of Polk County. Routine media inquiries and records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours. After hours and on weekends, a PIO is always on-call for emergencies and for significant breaking news events.
After hours, the on-call PIO will generally not have information regarding non-fatal car crashes, routine arrests, crimes not resulting in death or critical injury, or the status of cases that are not considered breaking news.
Written records, including arrest affidavits and event reports, are not made available to the PIOs after hours or on weekends, however, arrest reports can be obtained by the media from the jail at Central Book-In in Bartow.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Public Information staff maintains the PCSO social media sites which include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube. These sites were established in an effort to provide the community immediate access to information about breaking news, special events, crime prevention and public safety.
Social Media Posting Policy:
We encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. You are fully responsible for the content of your comments. We welcome your comments, but we expect comments generally to be courteous, follow our rules of decorum, and be related to the posting being discussed. To that end, we have established the following policy and we reserve the discretion to remove comments that: contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; violate a legal ownership interest of any other party; or imbed links to other Internet sites. In short: be nice. Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Polk County and Central Florida residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Polk County.