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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.

Newman and McCain
Dec 18, 2023

Two Lakeland men arrested...

59-year-old Nelson Newman and 27-year-old Ronald McCain, both of Lakeland, were arrested and charged...

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Damian Trafton
Dec 18, 2023

Auburndale man arrested f...

An Auburndale man was arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit detectives on Friday, D...

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Jeremiah Hamm and Tamari Lucas
Dec 13, 2023

14 year old and 24 year o...

PCSO arrests two from Tampa driving two stolen cars together

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Kensley Mott
Dec 13, 2023

Porch pirate caught steal...

Polk County Sheriff's deputies were able to quickly identify and arrest a "porch pirate" who stole p...

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David Griffin and Shelbi Dubose
Dec 11, 2023

Former Haines City police...

Polk County Sheriff's Office arrests an HCPD officer for retail theft

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Rameir Jones
Dec 7, 2023

Second teacher in less th...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit has arrested a second teacher in less than a w...

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