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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 Child Protector III arrests
Feb 24, 2023

30 suspects arrested duri...

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 30 suspects during a two week long investigation th...

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Detention Deputy Perry
Feb 23, 2023

PCSO mourning the loss of...

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of 22-year-old Drake Sawyer Perry, who died in...

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Christine Barnes
Feb 22, 2023

School bus aide arrested ...

Lake Wales woman charged with child abuse for incident on school bus

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Eugene Akines
Feb 21, 2023

PCSO deputies arrest 4 te...

On February 20, 2023 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Eugene Akines of Tampa, 1...

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Roberto Diaz
Feb 21, 2023

Private school teacher’s ...

Poinciana school employee touched and kissed a student against her will.

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James Peach
Feb 20, 2023

Polk County deputy arrest...

Peach would have been fired had he not resigned. He posted a $500 bond and was released.​

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