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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.

Operation Pop Top Graphic
Nov 18, 2022

2 store clerks arrested f...

Operation Pop Top pops 2 for selling alcohol to a 17 year old

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Bonnet Springs Park childrens museum
Nov 17, 2022

PCSO seeking volunteers t...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Bonnet Springs Park to help provide a family-fri...

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Nov 10, 2022

Fingerprints from crime s...

Trio busted for burglaries thanks to dirty fingers

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2022 turkey giveaway graphic
Nov 10, 2022

Polk Sheriff's Charities ...

Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization, is sponsoring ...

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Breaking Down Silos flier
Nov 10, 2022

"Breaking Down Silos" pre...

A presentation sponsored by Polk Vision and focused on the lessons learned in the aftermath of the M...

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Nov 4, 2022

Two murder suspects from ...

Virgin Islands murder suspects captured in Lakeland

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