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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.

Jarrett McCabe
Nov 8, 2023

Lakeland man arrested for...

Convicted murderer punches 16-year old for fighting his son

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2019 Turkey Giveaway
Nov 6, 2023

Polk Sheriff's Charities ...

Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization, is sponsoring ...

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Oct 31, 2023

10 Kilograms of Fentanyl ...

3 arrested, and $2.5 million worth of fentanyl seized

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David Arnold
Oct 25, 2023

Lakeland man arrested by ...

67-year old man offering lewd act arrested at park

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Wilson and Cotton
Oct 23, 2023

Motive unknown in Winter ...

Taquion Cotton charged with murder of Roderick Wilson, Jr

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Ms Spence's mugshot
Oct 23, 2023

Elementary teacher from P...

Polk deputies arrest elementary teacher from Pinellas for DUI

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