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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.

Andres Pineda
Sep 26, 2022

Five Mulberry teens arres...

Five Mulberry teens arrested during a manslaughter investigation

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Haunted Jail Tour flier 2022
Sep 21, 2022

2022 Haunted Jail Tour sc...

Back by popular demand is the Polk County Sheriff's Office's annual Haunted Jail Tour, located at 45...

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 Operation Cyber Guardian II
Sep 15, 2022

Thirteen suspects arreste...

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 13 men during a two-week-long undercover operation ...

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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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