Captain Brian Pratt was born
and raised in Youngstown, Ohio until 1981 when he moved to Southern
California. Captain Pratt joined the United States Marine Corps in
1982 and served four years of active duty in both California and
Captain Pratt joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988 and
served as a police officer in Central, Southeast, and Rampart Areas
as a patrol officer, Special Problems Unit officer, and Gang
Enforcement Detail officer.
In 1994, Captain Pratt was promoted to Sergeant and returned to
Southeast Area where he supervised the Footbeat Patrols in the
housing communities. In 1996, Pratt transferred to Southwest Area
where he supervised patrol officers before being selected to lead
the Southwest Gang Enforcement Detail. In 1998, Pratt was promoted
to Sergeant II at Internal Affairs Division and assigned to South
Section investigations. Shortly after arriving at Internal Affairs
Division, Pratt was selected to be an investigator in the Special
Operations Section of Internal Affairs Division.
In 2001, Captain Pratt was promoted to Lieutenant I and returned
again to Southeast Area as a Watch Commander. While at Southeast,
Pratt worked closely with both the business and residential
communities to strengthen the police-community relationship. In
2003, Pratt was promoted to Lieutenant II and selected as one of
the Department's first Gang Impact Team leaders. Pratt was
assigned to the West Los Angeles Area where he developed strong
relationships with the residential, business and elected leaders.
This collaboration proved to be a powerful force in reducing actual
gang crime and the communities' perception of crime. In 2005,
Captain Pratt was selected to be the Commanding Officer of Rampart
Area Detectives, where he continued his efforts in violent crime
reduction and improving the police-community relationship.
During 2006, Captain Pratt was selected to be the Adjutant to the
Commanding Officer of Consent Decree Bureau. In this assignment
Pratt worked closely with Department Leadership, and the Federal
Monitor to ensure the Department met the requirements of the
Federal Consent Decree. In 2008, Captain Pratt was selected as the
Officer-in-Charge of the Categorical Use of Force Section at Use of
Force Review Division. In this assignment, he worked closely with
Department Leadership and the Police Commission in the adjudication
of categorical use of force incidents. In April of 2011, Captain
Pratt was promoted to Captain and appointed as the Commanding
Officer of Northeast Patrol Division. Captain Pratt then
transferred to Van Nuys Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer in
September 2012 for a short period as the patrol Division, and was
then promoted to his current position as the Commanding Officer
Valley Traffic Division.
Captain Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice
Administration from the Union Institute and University.
Additionally, Captain Pratt has graduated from the University of
Louisville, Southern Police Institute, Session 114, and the Federal
Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Session 230.
Captain Pratt has been married for six years and enjoys spending
his spare time with his family, golfing, and a variety of fitness