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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.

Apr 6, 2022

Winter Haven store clerk ...

Operation Pop Top: Winter Haven store clerk arrested for selling alcohol to a minor

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Raymen and Gudgen
Apr 5, 2022

Polk deputies disarmed tw...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies disarmed two knife wielding suspects, during two separate enco...

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Larry Williams and Sheriff
Apr 5, 2022

Chief of Law Enforcement ...

PCSO's Chief of Law Enforcement leaves to head up Peace River Center

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Mar 29, 2022

Bartow store clerk arrest...

Operation Pop-Top: Bartow store clerk arrested for illegal alcohol sale

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Kevin Patrick
Mar 25, 2022

Lakeland man with a suspe...

On Thursday, March 24, 2022, PCSO deputies arrested 55-year-old Kevin Patrick of Lakeland for DUI an...

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Polk County News
Mar 17, 2022

PCSO Accreditation Assess...

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will visit t...

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