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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.

Jakob Kite
Sep 5, 2023

Former Polk Sheriff's dep...

22-year-old Jakob Kite of Polk County was arrested early Sunday morning after his speed was measured...

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Aug 31, 2023

Three teen suspects injur...

Stolen car crashes, 3 teens injured in Poinciana

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Haunted Jail 2023 official
Aug 24, 2023

2023 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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Coleden Snowden
Aug 23, 2023

Babson Park man arrested ...

"The tragic death of Ms. Robarts was completely avoidable, if only Coleden Snowden had obeyed the po...

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Missing Child_Thomas Owen Santos_Located
Aug 22, 2023

Missing 3-year-old with A...

Missing 3-year-old with Autism located safe and sound

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Operation Pop Top
Aug 16, 2023

Lakeland store clerk arre...

Operation Pop Top

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