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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
Jun 20, 2023

Polk County has second co...

The second case of rabies in 2023 has been confirmed in Polk County.

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Operation Pop Top
Jun 20, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Davenp...

Operation Pop Top

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[stock image of DS Williamson using underwater drone during training]
Jun 19, 2023

The Polk County Sheriff’s...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office recovers teen who apparently drowned in Lake Clinch

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Job fair ad
Jun 8, 2023

PCSO hosting job fair on ...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is hosting a job fair on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. t...

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Adoptapalooza 2023
Jun 2, 2023

Polk County Animal Contro...

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, Polk County Animal Control will host an "Adoptapalooza" event from 10:00...

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Operation May's Monsters arrests
Jun 1, 2023

PCSO Computer Crimes Unit...

Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) charged eight suspects d...

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