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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.

Devonta Gilmore
Jan 23, 2023

Polk Teacher arrested for...

On Sunday, January 22, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 31-year-old Devonta Gilm...

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Jones and Padilla booking photos
Jan 19, 2023

Two Winter Haven men arre...

On January 17, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 23-year-old Brandon Jones and ...

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PCSO Crossing Guard
Jan 18, 2023

Substitute school crossin...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified men and women in Polk County who desire to wor...

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Polk County News
Jan 14, 2023

Multi-jurisdictional inve...

Sheriff Grady Judd gave preliminary information about a multi-jurisdictional investigation that bega...

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Jan 13, 2023

Bartow store clerk arrest...

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office continued their "Opera...

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William Anderson
Jan 9, 2023

Lakeland woman riding a s...

Hit & run suspect arrested after critically injuring woman on scooter

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