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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.

David Jesse Williams
Mar 17, 2022

Auburndale man charged wi...

On March 11, 2022, PCSO Homicide detectives charged 30-year-old David Jesse Williams of Auburndale v...

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Mar 16, 2022

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

OPERATION MARCH SADNESS 2: 108 arrested, including human trafficker and child predators

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Mar 11, 2022

Two store clerks arrested...

Operation Pop Top: 2 clerks arrested for selling alcohol to an 18-year old

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Robert Collins
Mar 10, 2022

Former detention deputy a...

Former Detention Deputy Robert Collins (57 years old) was arrested and booked into the Polk County J...

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Anthony Archer
Mar 10, 2022

Eighth grader arrested fo...

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14-year-old Anthony Archer* of ...

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The Carpenters
Mar 9, 2022

PCSO arrests Lakeland man...

Joshua Carpenter arrested for attempted murder and other charges; parents and friend also arrested

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