Captain Brian Pratt was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio until 1981 when he moved to Southern California. Captain Pratt joined the United States Marine Corps in 1982 and served four years of active duty in both California and Hawaii. Captain Pratt joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988 and served as a police officer in Central, Southeast, and Rampart Areas as a patrol officer, Special Problems Unit officer, and Gang Enforcement Detail officer.
In 1994, Captain Pratt was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Southeast Area where he supervised the foot beat patrols in the housing communities. In 1998, Pratt was promoted to Sergeant II at Internal Affairs Division and assigned to South Section investigations.
In 2001, Captain Pratt was promoted to Lieutenant I and returned again to Southeast Area as a Watch Commander. While at Southeast, Pratt worked closely with both the business and residential communities to strengthen the police-community relationship. In 2003, Pratt was promoted to Lieutenant II and selected as one of the Department’s first Gang Impact Team leaders. Pratt was assigned to the West Los Angeles Area where he developed strong relationships with the residential, business and elected leaders. This collaboration proved to be a powerful force in reducing actual gang crime and the communities’ perception of crime. In 2005, Captain Pratt was selected to be the Commanding Officer of Rampart Area Detectives, where he continued his efforts in violent crime reduction and improving the police-community relationship.
In 2008, Captain Pratt was selected as the Officer-in-Charge of the Categorical Use of Force Section at Use of Force Review Division and 3 years later, Captain Pratt was promoted to Captain and appointed as the Commanding Officer of Northeast Patrol Division. Captain Pratt then transferred to Van Nuys Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer in September 2012 for a short period as the patrol Division, and was quickly promoted as the Commanding Officer Valley Traffic Division. He is now the Captain of our Devonshire Division.
Captain Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the Union Institute and University. Additionally, Captain Pratt has graduated from the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, Session 114, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Session 230.
Captain Pratt has been married for six years and enjoys spending his spare time with his family, golfing, and a variety of fitness related activities.
Pay with cash or even a personal check at the new machines
To help out the unfortunate drivers who’ve gotten tickets, LA Superior Court has added five new traffic ticket payment machines at courthouse locations throughout the county, so that if someone has to pay a ticket, they can at least avoid having to physically go into a courthouse to do it.
According to a release from the LA Superior Court’s Public Information Office, the new kiosks are available 24/7 to help people take care of a whole host of traffic transactions, most notably paying those pesky tickets as soon as possible.
Though people can already pay parking and traffic tickets online around the clock, the advantage of the kiosks is that they accept cash, personal check, and money order payments, which the online portal does not. Who doesn’t like options?
The kiosks will provide services in Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, in addition to English. They’re installed at LA Superior Courts in Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, West Covina, and the Metropolitan Courthouse. An LA Superior Court rep tells LAist that the machines were installed by a third-party vendor at no cost to the court, though they do charge a $3 fee for each transaction.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist Shepard Fairey, City Librarian John F. Szabo and L.A. Cultural Affairs General Manager Danielle Brazell were joined by students from the Downtown Magnets High School for the unveiling of L.A.’s first limited-edition, artist-designed library card today at the Central Library. The card launch concludes the library’s celebration of National Library Week.
Designed by artists Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson, the new library card is now available at all 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). The design features an illustration of the historic Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. Read more »
Los Angeles animal shelters’ save rates have reached unprecedented levels, but hundreds of animals have already been put down this year.
Los Angeles city animal shelters appear to be on their way to becoming “no-kill” facilities, with 84.3 percent of cats and dogs saved from being euthanized so far this year, according to figures released today by the Department of Animal Services.
Dogs were saved 86.3 percent of the time, while cats had a lower save rate of 79.2 percent, Animal Services Department officials said.
Cania is a 5-year-old pit bull currently available for adoption with Los Angeles Animal Services.
During the first three months of the year, 854 animals were euthanized, down from 1,226 in 2015.
The city’s latest overall save rate of 84.3 percent at its six shelters puts it near the 90 percent national standard used to designate shelters as “no-kill” facilities, according to Animal Services officials.
The overall rate is an improvement over the city’s 57.8 percent save rate in fiscal year 2011-2012, city officials said.
Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette attributed the reduced number of animal euthanizations in recent years to a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, which helps place dogs and cats into homes.
The city has “made steady progress towards saving the lives of thousands of orphaned pets,” Barnette said. “We are hopeful to have our best year of reducing shelters deaths and increasing the live save rate since establishing to become a no-kill city.”
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has just launched on its www.aqmd.gov website a new webpage about Sunshine Canyon Landfill with a subpage about odor complaints and public nuisance violations associated with this facility. Available on these pages are links to various resources of interest to the local community, as well as the announcement of SCAQMD’s upcoming Town Hall meetings.
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The Mayor’s proposed City Budget has been released and will be reviewed by the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee during intensive hearings that begin on Wednesday, April 27th at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers in City Hall.
The $8.76 million proposed Budget strives to increase efficiency and services in a variety of areas, begin the process of bringing civilians into LAPD’s ranks to allow more sworn officers to be on patrol, inject more muscle and compassion into the City’s attempt to deal with homelessness, and start a wholesale updating of Community Plans across Los Angeles, among many other things.
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