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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.

Operation Pop Top
Mar 10, 2023

Operation Pop Top: Davenp...

Ongoing campaign against illegal alcohol sales results in arrest of store clerk in Davenport

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Aalijah Parker
Mar 8, 2023

Westwood Middle School st...

On Wednesday March 8, 2023, PCSO deputies arrested 15-year-old Aalijah Parker of Winter Haven after ...

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Polk County News
Mar 7, 2023

PCSO on scene of two plan...

In-air collision involving two small planes that occurred over Lake Hartridge around 2:04 p.m., Marc...

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Polk County News
Mar 7, 2023

PUBLIC NOTICE: School cro...

The school crossing guard located at U.S. Hwy 92 and Bennett Street in Auburndale will be removed du...

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LaDarion Chandler
Mar 2, 2023

Self-proclaimed rapper an...

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Polk County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives charged 19-year-old La’Dari...

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Derek Bacote
Feb 24, 2023

PCSO investigating triple...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a triple shooting that occurred around 4:15 p.m. o...

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