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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.

Richard Shaw mugshot
Jan 10, 2024

Wyoming youth church lead...

A 69-year-old Wyoming man who is a pastor and church youth group leader has been charged by the Polk...

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Skylar Ready
Jan 10, 2024

Frostproof JV basketball ...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives have arrested and charged 20-year-old S...

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Jan 9, 2024

Polk Sheriff’s HIDTA Task...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Central Florida HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force...

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Brandon Adams
Jan 5, 2024

Kathleen High School teac...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives have arrested and charged 33-year-old B...

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Tamesha Knighten
Jan 4, 2024

LPN arrested for felony a...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit detectives have arrested and charged 51-year-o...

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Operation Pop Top
Jan 3, 2024

Operation Pop-Top: Davenp...

10 stores tested for illegal alcohol sales, 1 failed.

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