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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.

Feb 9, 2022

Operation Pop-Top: Sales ...

Lake Hamilton convenience store clerk arrested for selling alcohol to 18-year old

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Traffic Safety Initiative
Feb 8, 2022

PCSO continues traffic sa...

Throughout 2022, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is conducting a year-long traffic saf...

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Kia being removed from pond
Feb 3, 2022

Missing Lakeland woman's ...

Vehicle with body inside recovered in Lakeland; may be woman missing since April

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Polk County News
Feb 3, 2022

PCSO recognizes Crossing ...

Governor Ron DeSantis has again recognized the contributions and importance of School Crossing Guard...

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Desmond Walker II
Feb 2, 2022

Polk County Firefighter a...

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the Polk county Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Desmond James Wa...

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Neil Bourcy
Feb 1, 2022

PCSO investigating deputy...

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

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