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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.

Child Porn Arrests mugshots
Oct 19, 2022

Four men and a teen arres...

Tips about child pornography lead to the arrests of five locals

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Gabriel Batista Mug Shot
Oct 13, 2022

Man who shot Polk County ...

Orlando man arrested for attempted murder of two PCSO deputies

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Guadalupe Najera Santana
Oct 12, 2022

Toddler killed and a 5-ye...

Woman arrested for DUI manslaughter after crashing her vehicle with 2 children riding with her, one ...

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PCFR station 46 map
Oct 7, 2022

Polk County Sheriff Grady...

On Wednesday, October 12, at 9:30 a.m., Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk Commission Chair Martha Santiago, a...

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Cheryl Williams mugshot
Oct 5, 2022

Cheryl Williams charged w...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has charged Cheryl Lynn Williams, DOB 5/30/76, with 13 felonies in ...

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Crossing Guard Crossing the Street
Oct 5, 2022

PCSO still looking for s...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is looking for qualified men and women in Polk County to fill some ...

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