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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.

suspect mug shots
Jul 18, 2023

State corrections officer...

Shooting incident in Winter Haven: Nobody injured, two people arrested

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train crash1
Jul 15, 2023

PCSO investigating crash ...

Only minor injuries to eight people following truck-train collision near Lakeland

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Damien Fletcher
Jul 12, 2023

Haines City man arrested ...

19-year old Damien Fletcher charged with vehicular homicide after his reckless driving killed his fr...

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The Rondons
Jul 6, 2023

Lakeland couple charged i...

Polk County Sheriff’s detectives have charged husband and wife Joel and Jazmine Rondon, both 33 year...

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both back to schoo bashes 2023
Jul 5, 2023

PCSO hosting two Back to ...

On Saturday, July 8th and Saturday, July 22nd, the Polk County Sheriff's Office will be hosting two ...

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shooting into the sky
Jul 3, 2023

Celebratory gunfire—a dan...

Bullets go up, bullets go down. People get injured.

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