David 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, Prater became the youngest cadet ever to graduate from the Norman Police Academy. In addition to his patrol duties, David was a member NPD’s Tactical Unit, Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team and the Norman Police Department’s Pistol Team.  Additionally, Prater 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, Prater left the police department to complete his Law Enforcement Administration Degree from the University of Oklahoma.  In 1991, Prater began law school at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in just two and a half years.  From 1993 until 2001, Prater 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.  Prior to being elected as Oklahoma County District Attorney, Prater maintained a private law practice in Oklahoma City.

As District Attorney, David has been recognized for his public service.  His honors include:

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Outstanding Local Prosecutor’s Office Award
  • Oklahoma District Attorney’s Association, Courageous Prosecutor Award
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Fern Holland Courageous Lawyer Award
  • Oklahoma’s Veteran’s Council, Exceptional Service to Veterans Award
  • Oklahoma District Attorney’s Association, Outstanding District Attorney Award
  • The Oklahoma Black Lawyer’s Association, Opio Toure Champion of Justice Award
  • Senator Keith Leftwich Public Service Award
  • 2014 Inductee to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Above all else, David is most grateful for his bride, Tamara, and their children, Kathryn and Alexander.  David and Tamara 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.

Let’s Keep David!

David is committed to justice.  He has a proven track record of standing up to corrupt politicians and fighting the status quo.

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