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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.

Operation Pop Top Graphic
Aug 23, 2022

Lakeland sales clerk arre...

53-year old Celina Alamo was charged with Sale of Alcohol to a Person Under 21

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85 suspects arrested during Operation Flying Ice
Aug 19, 2022

Central Florida HIDTA Tas...

Detectives with the Central Florida HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force, working...

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Michael Stribling
Aug 18, 2022

Lakeland man charged with...

Michael Stribling charged with 5-counts of attempted murder after shooting at business partner's res...

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Brian Steger
Aug 10, 2022

Former Polk County Firefi...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives arrested Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) Capt...

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Virtual Job Fair ad 2022
Aug 5, 2022

PCSO hosting virtual job ...

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is hosting a virtual (online) job fair on Tuesday, August 5, 2022, ...

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Casey Lester
Aug 1, 2022

PCSO arrests Federal Corr...

Officer who works for Federal Corrections facility in Sumter County gets arrested by PCSO following ...

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