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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.

Michael Richards
Sep 21, 2023

Former Polk deputy arres...

46-year-old former Deputy Sheriff Michael Brian Richards was arrested today, September 21, 2023 for ...

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Rashan Harris and Lilia Gonzalez
Sep 18, 2023

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

After an extensive four-day-long around the clock investigation, PCSO Homicide detectives solved the...

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Jarvis Young
Sep 15, 2023

Lakeland High School trac...

Lakeland High School track coach arrested for sexual battery on a student

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crash photo
Sep 11, 2023

Polk County Sheriff’s Off...

One killed in two crashes minutes apart at same Lake Wales intersection

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Alize and Tre Seymore
Sep 6, 2023

Winter Haven couple indic...

According to the affidavits, Tre (27) and Alize (25) Seymore, who are married and guardians of sever...

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Stephen Rodda
Sep 5, 2023

Lake Wales man murders hi...

On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested 37-year-old Steph...

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