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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.

Jason Cherry
Jun 27, 2022

Career felon arrested for...

olk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested registered career offender 39-year-old Jason Cherry ...

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SR 60 fatal crash
Jun 27, 2022

Polk wrong way driver cha...

Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies charged 39-year-old Mark Anthony Poe of Frostproof for vehicul...

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Scam Alert
Jun 27, 2022

PCSO SCAM ALERT: Be aware...

Jury duty scam: Caller posing as law enforcement demands money for missing jury duty

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Polk County News
Jun 21, 2022

PCSO earns 4th excelsior ...

Sheriff Grady Judd is proud to announce that on June 16, 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was ...

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school crossing guard
Jun 21, 2022

PCSO seeking school cross...

Substitute School Crossing Guards needed for fall

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Suspects arrested during Operation Child Protector II
Jun 17, 2022

Twelve suspects arrested ...

Beginning June 2, 2022, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Auburndale Police Department, and Winter Haven...

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