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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.

Taleta Collier
Apr 19, 2022

Tampa Airport Transportat...

On April 18, 2022, PCSO detectives arrested 34-year-old Taleta Collier of Winter Haven for Criminal ...

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Autism decal flier
Apr 19, 2022

PCSO unveils new "Autism ...

In response to suggestions from our citizens, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announces a new free ...

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Operation Pop Top Graphic
Apr 15, 2022

Operation Pop-Top: Davenp...

RaceTrac cashier arrested for illegal alcohol sale in Davenport

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Sex Money Murder gang charged
Apr 13, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Detectives with the PCSO Organized Crime Unit, working together with the Florida Department of Corre...

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Derek Stribling mug shot
Apr 8, 2022

Lakeland teacher arrested...

Lakeland man who was a teacher, dean, and coach was arrested for sexual conduct with two students

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Richard Battle
Apr 8, 2022

Palmetto man arrested for...

“This is a clear cut case of why parents need to be all up in their children’s business when they ar...

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