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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.

Lance Dunn
Dec 11, 2022

Former Polk County firefi...

On Friday, December 9, 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Polk County Firef...

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Samuel Doolin
Dec 9, 2022

Illegally altered firearm...

Firearms made to be fully automatic seized, gets man arrested

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NE Ho Ho Ho with the Po Po
Dec 7, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Free 3rd annual Christmas event to be held by PCSO in northeast part of the county

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search for boy in lake
Nov 28, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

9 year old boy fell from boat and hit by propeller; Polk deputies continue search

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Corina Holder
Nov 26, 2022

Deputy-involved shooting ...

Deputies shoot at suspect who hit two deputies

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Luke Neely
Nov 20, 2022

Arsonist flees Polk deput...

We thank the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for independently investigating this use of force...

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