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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
Apr 14, 2023

Lakeland woman arrested a...

On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Safe Schools deputies arrested 39-year-ol...

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Operation Pop Top
Apr 14, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Lakela...

Operation Pop Top: Lakeland sales clerk arrested for illegal alcohol sales

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Cereal for Summer
Apr 13, 2023

PCSO taking donations for...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is excited to once again participate in the "Cereal for Summer" cam...

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School crossing guard
Apr 7, 2023

PCSO seeking substitute s...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified men and women in Polk County who desire to wor...

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Operation Pop Top
Apr 7, 2023

Two sales clerks arrested...

Operation Pop Top: Illegal alcohol sales at Polk convenience stores

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Operation Heavy Lift suspects
Apr 6, 2023

4 charged, 2 at large in ...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Detectives, working with the Attorney General's ...

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