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.