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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.

Traffic on I-4 E
Jan 31, 2022

PCSO Traffic Unit conduct...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit conducted a year-long (2021) traffic safety initiative...

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Swipe Left for Meth poster
Jan 27, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Und...

Following a 6-month-long undercover investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover Narcotics...

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Donnitta Vaughn
Jan 25, 2022

PCSO detectives arrest Ki...

On January 24, 2022, PCSO detectives arrested 56-year-old Donnitta Jean Vaughn of Kissimmee for stea...

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Jan 25, 2022

Kissimmee sales clerk arr...

A sales clerk in Davenport was arrested Monday, January 24, 2022, after he sold alcohol to an 18-yea...

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Arthur Martin
Jan 24, 2022

PCSO investigating deputy...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in unincorporated Daven...

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Richard McDermott
Jan 22, 2022

Polk City man already in ...

Polk County Jail inmate Richard McDermott (DOB 12/28/70) who was arrested on a warrant in September ...

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