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 Hawaii.
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
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
Division Commanding Officer in September 2012 for a short period
and was then selected as the Commanding Officer of Valley Traffic
Division. Captain Pratt was then selected as the Commanding
Officer of Rampart Area in June of 2013 and served there until
March 2016 when he was selected to be the Commanding Officer of
the Devonshire Area.
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 nine years and enjoys spending
his spare time with his family, golfing, and a variety of fitness