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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.

Sex Money Murder gang charged
Apr 13, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Detectives with the PCSO Organized Crime Unit, working together with the Florida Department of Corre...

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Derek Stribling mug shot
Apr 8, 2022

Lakeland teacher arrested...

Lakeland man who was a teacher, dean, and coach was arrested for sexual conduct with two students

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Richard Battle
Apr 8, 2022

Palmetto man arrested for...

“This is a clear cut case of why parents need to be all up in their children’s business when they ar...

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Apr 6, 2022

Winter Haven store clerk ...

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

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Raymen and Gudgen
Apr 5, 2022

Polk deputies disarmed tw...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies disarmed two knife wielding suspects, during two separate enco...

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Larry Williams and Sheriff
Apr 5, 2022

Chief of Law Enforcement ...

PCSO's Chief of Law Enforcement leaves to head up Peace River Center

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