David W Prater

District Attorney
Title: District Attorney
David Prater

Training & Education
David Prater began his law enforcement career at 19 years of age when he was hired by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff. At the age of 20, Mr. Prater became the youngest cadet ever to graduate from the Norman Police Academy. During his time with the NPD, he was a dedicated and respected Master Police Officer.

In addition to his patrol duties, he was a member NPD's Tactical Unit, Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team and the Norman Police Department's Pistol Team. Additionally, he was responsible for training other officers in patrol techniques, firearms, and Emergency Vehicle Operations and was awarded more than 20 commendations from Norman's Chief of Police.

In 1988, Mr. Prater left the police department to complete his Law Enforcement Administration Degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1991, he began law school at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in just two and a half years. From 1993 until 2001, he served Oklahoma County and the state as an Assistant District Attorney under Bob Macy and as an Assistant Attorney General, in the Grand Jury Unit, under Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Private Practice
Prior to being elected as Oklahoma County District Attorney, he maintained a private law practice in Oklahoma City, with the firm of Huddleston, Pike, Henderson, Cusack and Parker.

Public Service
Today, David Prater humbly serves as your elected choice for Oklahoma County District Attorney where he fights every day for "justice for all." Regardless of race, creed, religion, or socioeconomic status, David Prater desires to see justice served for all people of Oklahoma County.

Above all else, Mr. Prater is most grateful for his wife and their two children. The Praters share a deeply held faith in God and dedication to putting family first. These principles provide the foundation to their commitment to make Oklahoma County a place where families thrive in safe and healthy communities. 

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