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News and Investigations

News & Investigations

News Releases and Public Information

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office News Room, where the Public Information Officers (PIO's) post all of the information that they release to the news media. PIO's act as liaisons between news media organizations and the Sheriff's Office. The PIO's routinely release timely and accurate information and Crime Stoppers bulletins, and respond to routine and "breaking news" media inquiries. News releases and Crime Stoppers information can be found on this page.

PCSO's full-time Public Information Officers are Brian Bruchey, Carrie Horstman, and Alicia Manautou. The Public Information Officers can be reached by sending an e-mail collectively at

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Polk County News
Nov 1, 2022

PCSO detectives charge 14...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Crime Suppression Teams and the Florida Depar...

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Santiago Soto-Garcia
Oct 27, 2022

Tenoroc High School stude...

The school resource deputy at Tenoroc High School located a student who brought a gun onto the campu...

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Operation Pop Top Graphic
Oct 25, 2022

Store clerk arrested for ...

Davenport store clerk arrested for selling alcohol to a 15-year old

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Carl Dunlap
Oct 25, 2022

Orlando man suspected of ...

Suspect in multi-county burglary-spree arrested by PCSO receives a plethora of felonies

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Operation Hot Dirt suspects
Oct 21, 2022

Central Florida HIDTA tas...

Detectives with the Central Florida HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force, working...

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Oct 19, 2022

Winter Haven woman arrest...

Operation Pop Top: Winter Haven woman arrested for selling alcohol to a minor

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