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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 Child Protector V - travelers
Mar 12, 2024

"Operation Child Protecto...

During an 8-day-long undercover investigation from February 22-29, 2024, named “Operation Child Pred...

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Polk County News
Mar 8, 2024

PCSO investigation into N...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit has completed its investigation into a fatal crash tha...

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Robert Miranda
Mar 8, 2024

Registered sex offender f...

On March 6, 2024, Robert Miranda of Titusville, DOB 3/6/1982, was booked into the Polk County Jail o...

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Jacob Kubai
Mar 6, 2024

Bartow man arrested by th...

Bartow man arrested for death of his 4-month old daughter

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Operation March Sadness 2024 suspect poster
Mar 5, 2024

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

During an eight-day-long undercover human trafficking operation, which began on Thursday, February 2...

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Madeline Albarran and Angel Nunez
Mar 1, 2024

Two arrested for accessor...

"We believed at the time that the Madeline Albarran and Angel Nunez were knowingly harboring Davie A...

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