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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 PIOs@polksheriff.org

The recent news releases sent out by the PIOs can be found here, and archived releases (older than 2017) can be found here.

Samuel Doolin
Dec 9, 2022

Illegally altered firearm...

Lakeland man arrested with illegally altered firearms during traffic stop

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

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Free Christmas event for the community being held at the PCSO Northeast substation

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Pet fest 2022
Dec 6, 2022

2022 Pet Fest this Saturd...

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Polk County Animal Control will host its a...

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John Reed
Dec 6, 2022

Former Detention Deputy a...

On Saturday, December 3, 2022, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 44-year-old John Reed, who wa...

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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

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Corina Holder
Nov 26, 2022

Deputy-involved shooting ...

Deputies shoot at suspect who hit two deputies

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