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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.

Sep 9, 2022

PCSO arrests Lakeland sal...

Operation Pop Top snares one clerk who sold alcohol to a 17 year old

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Operation Fall Haul 2 arrested suspects
Sep 9, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrests 160 during seven-day human trafficking enforcement operation, “...

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Jason DiPrima
Sep 6, 2022

Sheriff’s Office arrested...

On Thursday, September 1, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives...

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Operation Pop Top Graphic
Sep 2, 2022

Operation Pop-Top: Winter...

Winter Haven sales clerk arrested for selling alcohol to 15 year old PCSO Explorer

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Thomas Jackson
Aug 31, 2022

Loughman man arrested for...

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the early morn...

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Aug 26, 2022

Two suspects arrested dur...

Two different suspects arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office during an undercover child porno...

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