Click Here for ADA Accessible Format

Polk County Sheriff’s Phone# 863-298-6200

If in an emergency Dial 911

Polk County Sheriff Facebook Polk County Sheriff Twitter Polk County Sheriff Instagram Polk County Sheriff Youtube

Hit enter to search or ESC to close

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.

SAIL logo
Jun 7, 2024

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

“Modern law enforcement needs to stay ahead of the technological curve when it comes to preventing, ...

Read More
Suspect mugs
Jun 5, 2024

Two additional suspects a...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives continue to make arrests, including felony murder c...

Read More
Markanthony Fernandez
Jun 4, 2024

Additional criminal charg...

Another victim comes forward against Markanthony Fernandez

Read More
Markanthony Fernandez
May 29, 2024

Bartow Police Officer arr...

4 teen girls given alcohol & THC, and recorded by off-duty Bartow officer in sexual situations

Read More
Mack Proctor
May 17, 2024

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives have solved and closed a murder investigation that started 5...

Read More
School crossing guard
May 14, 2024

PCSO seeks substitute sch...

Substitute school crossing guards needed

Read More