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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.

Roberto Diaz
Feb 21, 2023

Private school teacher’s ...

Poinciana school employee touched and kissed a student against her will.

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James Peach
Feb 20, 2023

Polk County deputy arrest...

Peach would have been fired had he not resigned. He posted a $500 bond and was released.​

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Operation Traffic Stop poster
Feb 16, 2023

Undercover human traffick...

During a seven-day undercover human trafficking operation, “Operation Traffic Stop,” which began on ...

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Operation Pop Top
Feb 15, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Sales ...

PCSO Operation busts Frostproof sales clerk who sold alcohol to a 17-year old

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Alex Greene social media pic
Feb 7, 2023

Update to information rel...

An update to Sheriff Grady Judd's briefing in Winter Haven on Monday, February 6, 2023

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Leonardo Barrera Zurita
Jan 31, 2023

Lakeland man arrested for...

Traffic Homicide detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man responsi...

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