Meet the Sheriff


Steve Prator was born in Tennessee to Shelton and Margie Prator and moved to Caddo Parish at the age of seven. He attended North Highlands Elementary, Hamilton Terrace Junior High, C.E. Byrd High School, and Northwood High School, where he graduated in 1969. He attended LSU in Baton Rouge for three years and received a bachelor’s degree from LSU-Shreveport.

In 1973, Steve began what would become a life-long career in public service. At age 21, he joined the Shreveport Police Department as a patrolman. Later he served in Investigations, Narcotics, and the K-9 Unit, receiving specialized training and experience in numerous police fields along the way. In 1991, while just a sergeant, Steve was selected from a field of 42 to be the city’s next Police Chief. Over the next eight years, Steve successfully tackled crime, implemented new programs, and managed a $60 million budget.

He retired from the Shreveport Police Department in 1999 to run for Sheriff and won that election receiving 70 percent of the vote. He immediately began building a healthy fund balance for the department while reducing crime, elevating services, and using new technology to report and respond to calls for service, collect taxes, locate suspects, and connect with citizens.

Steve has been appointed by governors and elected by his peers to serve on many boards and commissions involving law enforcement. He also serves on many community boards and best enjoys working with young people and our elderly. He resides in Dixie with his wife, Carolyn, and has three adult children, Tracey, Stephen, and Joe, and two grandchildren, Christian and Presli.

Professional Service

  • Director, Caddo Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • President, Northwest District, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Chairman, Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Board
  • Board Member, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Board Member, Louisiana Brand Commission
  • Board Member, Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute
  • Louisiana Sheriff’s Association
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Police Executive Research Forum
  • Cops for Christ

Community Service

  • Executive Board Member, Caddo Council on Aging
  • Executive Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Norwela Council
  • Board of Directors, State Fair of Louisiana
  • Board of Directors, LSUS Alumni Board
  • Board of Directors, LSUS Foundation
  • Advisory Board, Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier

Awards & Achievements

  • Louisiana Criminal Justice Hall of Fame inductee
  • LSUS Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
  • National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
  • National Department of Defense Patriot Award
  • Juvenile Justice Shining Star Service Award
  • Shreveport Bar Association Liberty Bell Award
  • Shreveport Times Judge Paul Lynch Freedom of Information Award
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


  • Graduate of Northwood High School
  • Graduate of Louisiana State University, Shreveport
  • Graduate of Louisiana State University Criminal Justice Institute, Baton Rouge
  • Graduate of FBI National Executive Institute, Quantico, Virginia