Internal Affairs Division
Lieutenant Phillip Bratton
Lieutenant Phillip A. Bratton Sr. is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1978, he entered the United States Army through the delay entry program while attending Harry P. Harding University High School. He served 23 years in the United States Army Military Police Corps rising through the enlisted and officer’s rank. While in the United States Army he held supervisory and command positions in the areas of Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigation and Corrections Operations before retiring as a Major.
Lieutenant Bratton began his civilian law enforcement career in 2001 with the Union City Police Department, Department of Public Safety where he held the position of Correction Bureau Chief of the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail. The Correction Bureau Chief position is an executive level command police/jail management position that reported directly to the Director of Public Safety, and the Chairman of the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail Authority regarding jail operations. The South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail is a 303 bed jail that provided custody, control and housing of municipal inmates (cities of Fairburn, Palmetto, Union City), county inmates (Fayette, Whitfield and Catoosa Counties), and federal inmates (US Marshal Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons) awaiting arraignment, trial, and serving a court sentence.
Of the three disciplines (Corrections, Criminal Investigations, and Police Patrol Operations), Police Patrol Operations has always been his favorite area to work. In 2005, he left the field of Corrections and joined the Henry County Police Department as a patrol officer in the Uniform Patrol Division. Officer Bratton was assigned to the Day Watch North Precinct, Stockbridge, Georgia where he rose through the ranks as a Patrolman and Field Training Officer. Officer Bratton completed the Sergeant’s Assessment Process and was promoted to that rank in July 2007. He was re-assigned within the Uniform Patrol Division as a Shift Supervisor on Evening Watch at the Central Precinct in McDonough, Georgia. As a Shift Supervisor, Sergeant Bratton was responsible for supervising a team of officers in law enforcement operations. In addition to his patrol sergeant duties, Sergeant Bratton managed the shifts’ field training officer program. He ensured shift field training officers were provided with the tools to supervise and train inexperience police recruits in Police Patrol Operations.
Sergeant Bratton completed the Lieutenant’s Assessment Process and on August 9, 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was selected as the Watch Commander, Day Watch North Precinct, Stockbridge, Georgia were he directly supervises (3) patrol sergeants who each supervised a team of (7) officers performing law enforcement operations in the north end of Henry County, Georgia. On August 12, 2013, Lieutenant Bratton was selected for his current position, Internal Affairs Division Commander which reports directly to the Chief of Police.
Lieutenant Bratton earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement in 1988 from Central Texas College, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1992 from Columbus State University, Masters of Public Administration in 1996 from Columbus State University, and a Masters of International Relations in 1998 from Troy State University, Troy, Al. Lieutenant Bratton is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) Session 250th Quantico, Virginia.