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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.

Polk County News
May 23, 2023

National Safe Boating Wee...

National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26. With the more than 550 lakes in Polk County, it is the perf...

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Ashauntie Cox
May 22, 2023

Orlando woman arrested by...

32-year-old Ashauntie Cox (DOB 2/15/1991) of Orlando, who caused serious bodily harm to two children...

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Demarion Wilson
May 18, 2023

15-year old arrested for ...

Attempted murder & armed robbery at Lakeland McDonald's gets 15 year old charged

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Dalmas, Julian, Speight
May 11, 2023

10th Judicial Circuit Off...

The 10th Judicial Circuit Officer-Involved Deadly Incident Task Force is investigating a Lakeland Po...

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Elmer Giron Canil
May 10, 2023

Guatemalan man with no va...

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 24-year-old Elmer Bryan Gi...

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Operation Pop Top
May 5, 2023

Two Winter Haven convenie...

Two Winter Haven convenience store sales clerks were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on...

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