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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.

shooting into the sky
Jul 3, 2023

Celebratory gunfire—a dan...

Bullets go up, bullets go down. People get injured.

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Racketeering Suspects
Jul 3, 2023

Four arrested, charged wi...

On June 20, 2023, the Office of the State Attorney Tenth Judicial Circuit filed racketeering charges...

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Ramon Martinez
Jun 30, 2023

Tenth Judicial Circuit Of...

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Officer Involved Deadly Incident Task Force is investigating a deputy-inv...

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Jun 30, 2023

Florida’s new permitless ...

New concealed carry law: The public has questions, the PCSO has answers.

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Operation Family Affair
Jun 26, 2023

Winter Haven drug traffic...

Operation Family Affair: Rogers family members involved with drug trafficking in the Winter Haven's ...

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Don Wayne Wise Jr
Jun 23, 2023

Winter Haven man arrested...

On June 18, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 33-year-old Don Wayne Wise, Jr. of ...

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