David Prater began his law enforcement career at 19 years of age when he was hired by the Cleveland County Sheriffs Office as a deputy sheriff. At the age of 20, he became the youngest cadet to graduate from the Norman Police Academy.
While at Norman, he served as a master police officer, member of the Tactical Unit, Underwater Search & Rescue Team, and the Pistol Team. In addition, he was responsible for training other officers in patrol techniques, firearms, and Emergency Vehicle Operations.
In 1988 he resigned from the police department to obtain a law enforcement degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1993, he earned his Juris Doctorate.
From 1993 until 2001, Prater served Oklahoma County as an assistant district attorney under Bob Macy; and later as an Assistant Attorney General in the Grand Jury Unit under Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
Prater serves as the Oklahoma County District Attorney.
In 2012, he was named the Courageous District Attorney for the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Counsel for the prosecution of high-profile cases.
He has been married for 11 years to Tamra; they have two children, Kathryn and Alexander.