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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.

Aug 1, 2023

PCSO hosting job fair on August 10, 2023

Media Contact: Carrie Horstman, Administrator

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is hosting a job fair on Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PCSO Sheriff's Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven. 

We're currently offering $1,000 sign-on bonuses for civilian Detention Support Specialists, with a starting pay of $34,986.

We have AMAZING benefits, such as: paid time off, health insurance including vision and dental, life insurance, sick leave pool, educational reimbursement, free employee gym, free employee health clinic for members and their families, employee assistance program, workers compensation benefits, and state retirement.

Human Resources representatives will be onsite to process applications and answer questions. All qualified applicants will receive a conditional offer of employment that same day. 

For existing sworn law enforcement officers who wish to transfer, we are offering a hiring bonus, we pay up to $5,000 of out-of-state moving costs, or if the applicant lives in one of the 10 neighboring counties he or she can take their agency vehicle home.

Starting pay for a deputy sheriff is $54,851.*

Click here to learn how to become a member and view our benefits package: 

Or SKIP THE LINE AND SAVE TIME by completing our application in advance:

We are an equal opportunity employer.
*Deputy sheriff starting pay will increase to $56,700 on October 1, 2023.